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The sheriff of Crittenden County, Arkansas says that a woman was found dead Wednesday on the same property where her mother was murdered decades before. The possible suspect?the same man who pleaded guilty to murdering her mother?fled deputies, and was found dead in a lake, according to the official account.

1996: Travis Lewis, then 16, murdered Sally Snowden McKay, 75, and her nephew Lee Baker, 52. The victims were found shot dead at McKay?s home on September 10, 1996, by Horseshoe Lake, according to The Commercial Appeal. He pleaded guilty.

Fast fast forward to more than two decades later. According to Crittenden Sheriff Mike Allen, deputies on Wednesday responded to the historical Snowden House at Horseshoe Lake. Investigators said they found a back door open, and later found a possible suspect who jumped from an upstairs window and ran to a vehicle. That brief chase came to an end when the driver got stuck in a yard, so he jumped from the vehicle, and leaped into the lake, the sheriff said. That was the end of him. He didn?t come up, but authorities were able to get his body, Allen said.

He was identified as Lewis, now 39. A search of the home turned up a dead woman: McKay?s daughter Martha McKay, Allen said. She lived aa the Snowden House.

The residence is several homes away from where Sally McKay, and Baker were killed, according to the Commercial Appeal. The sheriff described both incidents as happening on the same property.

Lewis had been paroled in 2018 for the original murders. The new case remained under investigation, Allen said.

Martha McKay, and Allen were sent to the state medical examiners officers for the cause and manner of death, Allen said.

The motive remains unknown, but the incident apparently didn?t happen out of nowhere. Dottie Jones?who was identified as Martha McKay?s cousin?told The Memphis Flyer that McKay became friends with Lewis while he was in prison and amid his parole. In the original case, the family didn?t want him to face capital punishment. Back during the guilty plea, a prosecutor told the Commercial Appeal that the families felt that going through a trial would be ?traumatic.?
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ewis, 39, had been paroled in 2018, according to Allen. He had been charged as an adult in connection with the 1996 murders.

"Deputies today responded to an alarm at the historical Snowden House in Horseshoe Lake," Allen said, in a statement. "Two deputies that arrived found an open back door and upon clearing the house located a possible suspect who jumped from an upstairs window and ran to a vehicle that he drove across the yard and got stuck in the yard.

"The suspect then jumped from the car and ran and jumped into the lake. He was observed going under the water and never came back up."

According to Allen, rescue teams from the sheriff's department and Arkansas Game and Fish used sonar equipment to locate and recover the body of Lewis, who had drowned.

In addition, "the body of a female was found deceased inside the house." Allen identified the woman as Martha McKay.

Allen said the state medical examiner will determine the cause of death. Neighbors, who asked not to be identified, reported that deputies told them McKay ? who was in her mid-60s ? had been stabbed, while others said a hammer was the weapon.
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In 1996, Lewis pleaded guilty to the murders of Martha's mother, Sally Snowden McKay and Martha's first cousin, Lee Baker, who was a popular local musician.

Lewis killed Sally and Lee after being surprised by them while he attempted to steal from the Snowden home, officials said.

Lewis, 16 at the time, was charged as an adult, Allen said. But some of the victims' family opposed a capital sentence for Lewis's original conviction. Among them was Martha, who befriended Lewis while he was in prison, Dottie Jones, Martha's first cousin, told the Memphis Flyer. He was paroled in 2018.

The Snowden family, along with their massive lakeside property, is well-known in the region.

Martha McKay was one of ten grandchildren of the home's original owners, Bob and Grace Snowden, according to the Snowden House website. She returned to Horseshoe Lake in 2004 to buy it from the rest of her family and fully renovate it. The property has recently served as a wedding venue.