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Two Men Charged in Wylie Murder

Travis McKinney, Benton County Jail Photo

FOLEY — Two men have been charged in connection with the shooting death of a Foley man.

25-year-old Travis McKinney has been charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of being a felon in possession of a gun. 24-year-old Joshua Smith has been charged of aiding and abetting second degree murder.

The two are accused in the shooting death of 31-year-old Jamie Wylie of Foley.

Wylie went missing in December and his body was found behind Luther Honda this spring. According to the criminal complaint, McKinney shot Wylie twice with a shotgun, once in the hip and once in the neck and facial area.

Jamie Wylie, Photo courtesy of Foley Police

Smith is accused of driving the car carrying McKinney, Wylie and a fourth person who records show was a witness in the case.

Records show Smith was on a methamphetamine binge and had become upset with Wylie who had been staying with McKinney and Smith. Smith allegedly thought Wylie had become obsessed with a woman he knew and might stalk her or sexually assault her. Smith also believed Wylie was a snitch.

The shooting happened south of Little Rock Lake and Wylie’s body was dumped in a ditch behind Luther Honda.

Both men are expected to be arraigned in Benton County District court next week.

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