Paroled murderer kills victim’s daughter near same crime scene 24 years later
One of Arkansas’ most notorious murderers returned 24 years later to the scene of his crime this week, killed his victim’s daughter — and then drowned as he tried to flee cops, according to officials.
Travis Santay Lewis was just 16 when he shot dead Sally Snowden McKay, 75, and her nephew, Lee Baker, 52, in Horseshoe Lake in 1996, getting sentenced to 28½ years in prison after pleading guilty, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
The murders became infamous in local lore because the Snowdens were an influential family, and because Baker was a famed Memphis guitarist who had played for Big Star and frontman Alex Chilton, the paper noted.
Lewis was paroled in 2018 — and on Wednesday returned to the neighborhood, where he killed McKay’s daughter, Martha McKay, in a house just a few down from his original murder, said officials, who did not discuss the killer’s motive.
Lewis was spotted still inside the historic Snowden House — used in the 1994 movie of John Grisham’s “The Client” — by deputies who responded to an alarm going off, the reports say.
The suspect “jumped from an upstairs window and ran to a vehicle that he drove across the yard” before he “jumped from the car and ran and jumped into the lake,” Crittenden County Sheriff Mike Allen said.
“He was observed going under the water and never came back up,” Allen said. It was confirmed to be Lewis after officials used sonar equipment to trace his body and pull it from the lake.
The body of McKay — who was in her 60s, according to the Commercial Appeal — was only found after deputies went back to the house following the chase, Allen said in his statement.
Some neighbors told the paper that McKay had been stabbed, while others say she was bludgeoned with a hammer.
Allen only said that McKay and Lewis were being “sent to the state medical examiner’s office for cause and manner of death.”
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