RUSSELLVILLE – The co-owner of a Russellville auto parts business who was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month is appealing his double murder conviction.

The Russellville Courier reports that lawyers for 36-year-old Tyler Barefield appealed his conviction on November 20th. Joining his team of attorneys is Jeff Rosenzweig, who lead the effort to release the West Memphis Three a decade after their conviction. He also represented Gary Dunn, who was tried twice for the murder of Nona Dirksmeier in 2005.

Barefield was convicted in the September 2016 murders of Aaron Brock and Beau Dewitt, a pair of Yell County men who he told authorities were stealing from his salvage yard. Investigators say that Barefield then loaded their bodies into a car and smashed it with a compactor in an effort to hide the crime.

The Courier’s Travis Simpson notes that because the case involves a life sentence, it will be heard by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

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