Anderson Co. man found guilty of murder, crimes connected to kidnapping plot

Bobby Joe Arflin (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)

An Anderson County jury convicted Bobby Joe Arflin of murdering an Iva man and crimes connected to a thwarted kidnapping plot.

Arflin received a 30-year sentence for murder, five years concurrent for possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and 10 years each for three convictions of solicitation to commit a felony. One of the solicitation convictions is to be served consecutively with the other two to be served concurrently.

On December 11, 2013, the defendant Bobby Joe Arflin ran into a truck belonging to Jody Powell parked at a home in his Belton neighborhood in December 2013, according to a statement from 10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams.

Powell came out of the house, where he was attending a child’s birthday party, to see what happened, according to the statement.

The men exchanged words before Arflin pulled out a revolver and shot Powell. The victim ran, but prosecutors say Arflin pursued Powell and shot him again from behind as several people watched the shooting.

Between Oct. 4 and Nov. 14, 2014, while Arflin was jailed at the Anderson County Detention Center awaiting trial, Arflin approached offered a cellmate land to kidnap three people who were going to be witnesses in the trial, according to the statement.

Arflin gave his cellmate a hand-drawn map of the land and the witnesses' names and ages. The cellmate reported Arflin's offer to law enforcement and later the two men had a discussion on the phone in which Arflin acknowledged the kidnapping plot, according to the statement.

Arflin was charged with three counts of solicitation to commit a felony - kidnapping.

“We are pleased that today’s verdict and sentencing will keep Mr. Arflin behind bars for what will likely be the rest of his life,” Solicitor Chrissy Adams said in the statement. “He has shown no remorse for his actions and instead sought to victimize three more innocent individuals. Today those victims and the family of Jody Powell can know that Mr. Arflin is facing justice for his crimes."

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