Family of Murdered Man Pleading for Unity in Community After Rash of Violence

HOT SPRINGS, Ark -- The family of a murdered Central Arkansas man is calling for unity in the community after a rash of violent crimes.

James Tolliver is pleading for change in his Hot Springs community.

"We need it out, there is no right in murder," said Tolliver. "There is no right in abuse."

Police said a man walking his dog in Greenwood Cemetery, Monday, found Tolliver's nephew, Cory Richardson, 31, murdered.

"We miss him dearly," said Tolliver.

Police arrested Melissa Wineland, 37, Tuesday.

A witness came forward and said Wineland confessed to using the witness's car to dump Richardson's body at the cemetery.

 "It is difficult," said Tolliver. "It's hard."

According to a police report, Richardson got into a fight with someone at Wineland's home on North Patterson.

"I wasn't familiar with the things he did in his life on his spare time," said Tolliver.

As Richardson tried to run from the house,  investigators said he was shot in the back by someone  ... Wineland later leaving Richardson at the cemetery where he was found dead.

"It's miserable for anyone to lose anyone to murder," said Tolliver.

Tolliver last spoke to his nephew last week.

"He was doing good," said Tolliver.

Richardson was a father, avid hunter and enjoyed sports

"He was a good guy," said Tolliver.

Tolliver said after the murder of his nephew, dozens of shots fired outside a Hot Springs apartment complex earlier this week and a man's claim he was shot by an officer this month ... it's time for his neighborhood to do one thing.

"We need to come together as a community," said Tolliver.

Wineland has several charges including tampering with evidence.

Police ask anyone who knows anything about Richardson's murder, to give them a call.


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