LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A local woman is the third suspect to be arrested in the July 28 killing of an Italian tourist in the Capital City.
Fanicqua J. Blalock, 24, was booked into the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility (PCRDF) just after 9:30 Thursday evening. She is charged with Capital Murder and Aggravated Robbery in the death of Carlo Marigliano, 31, of Naples.
Blalock was in court Friday morning where she pleaded not guilty to the charges.
"She was the third suspect we were looking for this case is now closed."
This, what police call a final arrest in the case, was something the victim's family was not expecting.
"They were surprised but I think it was a good surprise," says Gianni Sulmonte, cousin of Marigliano.
"This gives some justice to his family," says Officer Michelle Hill, Little Rock Police Department.
"To give me a heads up there was going to be a third arrest... another suspect that they feel had not been truthful," Sulmonte continues, adding that Carlo can finally have justice.
"This was an unarmed individual, my cousin, sitting in a driver's seat..shot point blank in the face," he says.
Marigliano was found shot dead inside a vehicle that had crashed into the wall of an apartment building on N. Shackleford Road.
The other two suspects charged in the case were picked up in early August. Both are also from Little Rock. Andre Lamont Jackson, 32, is charged with Capital Murder and Aggravated Robbery and Charina Fort, 31, is charged with Capital Murder. Both remain behind bars at the PCRDF.
Investigators say Jackson is the one who pulled the trigger.
"Surprised that months later that this case is still ongoing," says Sulmonte.
He says he's happy that investigators have dug their claws into the case, adding that the detective hasn't told him why his cousin ventured off to explore the Capital City.
"He has not shared with me the details and I'm okay with that. The family's okay with that," he says.
Good news may be hard to come by, but justice is something they're now preparing to fight for.
"Think about the children he's left behind. The wife he's left behind," Sulmonte says.
There are still many questions involving the case but answers may not come until trials get underway because a judge has sealed all information. Two of the three suspects will be back in court in December.
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