A Washington County Detention Center detainee killed his cellmate last night after moving to a new cell by request, according to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

Dekota Harvey, 22, was arrested March 15 and faces charges of capital murder and attempted murder after he was charged as a suspect for shooting Elizabeth Dawson and injuring Courtney Willie, according to an FPD press release. 

Harvey moved to a different block in the detention center at 8:33 p.m. after complaining about fearing for his life because other detainees knew about his murder charges. Harvey specifically asked to be moved to cell R-21, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. 

At approximately 12:23 a.m., a deputy found Harvey waiting at the door to cell R-21 and Luis Cobos-Cenobio lying on his back, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Harvey told the detention deputy that Cobos-Cenobio was dead and that he killed him, but he did it because Cobos-Cenobio wanted him to do it. 

Cobos-Cenobio, 29, was arrested Nov. 11, 2018, according to Washington County detention records. Cobos-Cenobio had a trial date of Oct. 29 for numerous charges including attempted capital murder. 

The deputy performed CPR on Cobos-Cenobio, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Central EMS was called at 12:26 a.m. and they arrived at 12:30 a.m., but they were unable to resuscitate Cobos-Cenobio and ended their efforts at 12:57 a.m. 

Harvey is being charged with capital murder, according to the Washinton County Sheriff’s Department. 

Cobos-Cenobio’s body will be submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. 

The Washington County Criminal Investigation Division was called at 12:42am and an investigation is currently being conducted, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Miranda Stith is a news editor for the Arkansas Traveler, where she previously worked as a reporter from 2018-2019.

Samantha Van Dyke is an associate news editor, and she previously worked as a reporter for the Arkansas Traveler.

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