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What's next legally for suspect in murder of realtor?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Earlier Tuesday morning, Arron Lewis freely spoke to media members as deputies led him to jail and later on to court. Now the question is, can anything he said be used in court?

Arron Lewis nods Tuesday morning acknowledging he would be willing to plead guilty. At this point, we are told he cannot.

"There may come a time when perhaps they will be some sort of plea bargaining where he may decide to plead guilty to capital murder in exchange for them not seeking the death penalty," said UALR Law Professor Felecia Epps.

Epps says if prosecutors seek the death penalty, there cannot be a guilty plea now.

"There actually has to be a trial," said Epps. "There actually has to be a sentencing hearing where the jurors decide if the death penalty is the appropriate sentencing."

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley said you cannot plead guilty in District Court and you cannot plead guilty in Circuit Court until you are formally charged.

"We play by the rules everybody," said Jegley. "We are going to let the process go as long as it needs to go, and it is way early to start talking about the deposition of the case."

Lewis spoke to reporters while he went to and from the Sheriff's Office. Deputies did read him his rights and anything he said could be used against him. UALR Department of Criminal Justice Chair Jeff Walker says what he said on camera should not play a role in the trial.

"The trial is only supposed to be based on exactly what is said in the trial and pretty much gone through the judge," said Walker.

But Walker says outside information can make its way in.

"Reality is jurors are jurors," said Walker.

"Those kinds of things can come back to haunt him at trial certainly they can be used against him," said Epps.

The autopsy report has not been released yet. The prosecutor is expecting more forensic evidence to surface.

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