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Mom of murdered jogger Sydney Sutherland says she thinks killing was premeditated

The mother of slain Arkansas jogger Sydney Sutherland says she thinks her daughter murder and rape were premeditated acts of ‘evil,’ after a judge found the suspected killer mentally fit to stand trial. 

Quake Lewellyn, 28, an Arkansas farmer, has been charged with capital murder, kidnapping, rape and abuse of corpse in connection with Sutherland’s death in August 2020. Her body was recovered nearly a month later.  

Last week, a forensic psychologist submitted a report stating that Lewellyn ‘did not lack the capacity to appreciate the criminality of his conduct,’ clearing the way for his being declared fit for trial. 

Quake Lewellyn, 28

Maggie Sutherland, pictured with her daughter Sydney, left, says she thinks farmer Quake Lewellyn, 28 (left), premeditated the 25-year-old nurse’s murder and rape in August 

Fox Nation host Nancy Grace interviewed Maggie Sutherland on her show this week, after Lewellyn was found fit to stand trial

Fox Nation host Nancy Grace interviewed Maggie Sutherland on her show this week, after Lewellyn was found fit to stand trial 

Sutherland’s mother, Maggie Sutherland, weighed in on the case in a recent episode of Fox Nation’s Crime Stories With Nancy Grace, saying that she was still struggling to come to terms with what had happened to her daughter.  

Lewellyn told police and mental health experts that he was driving along the Jackson County Road 41 South on August 19 when he noticed Sutherland walking along a gravel road. 

He initially drove past the woman, but then turned his truck around and struck her, according to court documents obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in October.

He then allegedly admitted to loading Sutherland’s body onto the bed of his truck and driving her to a deserted rice field. Police said Lewellyn said he dug a hole, stripped off Sydney’s clothes and ‘tried messing with her a bit,’ which they say was rape. He then buried her body.  

‘You could tell it’s kind of premeditated,’ mom Maggie said during this week’s interview. ‘When someone turns around and goes back, it just, to this day, gives me chills to even think [of] what he did to my daughter because it was just a very cruel, evil thing. 

This still shared from Ring footage of a family member is believed to be the last picture of Sutherland and was taken just 90 minutes before she went on a run near her home the day she was murdered

This still shared from Ring footage of a family member is believed to be the last picture of Sutherland and was taken just 90 minutes before she went on a run near her home the day she was murdered

‘You know, he didn’t just do one thing. He did everything, and it will never be out of my mind. It hurts deeply.’ 

During his psychiatric evaluation, Lewellyn revealed that he resumed his work immediately after the killing and spent several hours checking wells before he returned home, ate dinner and went to bed. He ‘just tried to forget about it,’ the psychologist wrote.

Maggie Sutherland accused Lewellyn, whom she knew from living in the same community, of faking mental illness to avoid being held accountable for her daughter’s death, saying: ‘He knew what he was doing.’ 

Maggie previously said she feels Lewellyn, whom she described as a ‘monster,’ is deserving of the death penalty and hopes he gets that sentence during his trial next year.

Sutherland, who worked as a nurse, was last seen alive out jogging on August 19. 

She was reported missing after failing to return to the home she shared with her boyfriend of four years, Alex Nicholson. 

Sutherland, who worked as a nurse, was last seen alive out jogging on August 19

Sutherland lived with her boyfriend

Sutherland, who worked as a nurse, was last seen alive out jogging on August 19

Police found her body following a wide search operation using K-9 units and helicopter crews. 

They had previously located her iPhone about a quarter-mile from her home.

Authorities identified Lewellyn as a suspect after using data from his own cellphone that put him in the vicinity of where Sutherland’s phone was found. 

Lewellyn and Sutherland were known to each other but the nature of their relationship remains unclear.

He was arrested August 21, 2020 and is being held without bond at the Randolph County jail.  


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