An Arkansas mother has been left devastated after the murder of her 24-year-old daughter, wishing the death penalty for the ‘evil monster’ she believes took the jogger’s life.
Quake Lewellyn, 28, was taken into custody over the rape and murder of 25-year-old Sydney Sutherland after her body was found dumped in Newport in rural Arkansas late September.
Lewellyn told police he plowed down Sutherland with his truck while she was out running on the Jackson County Road 41 South on August 19, according to court documents obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in October.
He then allegedly admitted to loading Sutherland’s body onto his truck and driving her to a deserted field. Police said Lewellyn then raped Sutherland and buried her body.
Quake Lewellyn, 28, was taken into custody over the rape and murder of 25-year-old Sydney Sutherland after her body was found dumped in Newport in rural Arkansas late last month
Maggy Sutherland, the jogger’s mother, feels that the ‘monster’ deserves the death penalty when he goes to trial next year
The suspect has since pleaded not guilty to capital murder, kidnapping, rape and abuse of a corpse.
Maggy Sutherland, the joggers 55-year-old mother, shared that the family has been left in shambles since the August killing of her daughter.
‘Everyone is still in shock, it just does not seem real. It’s like we are living a nightmare, not just the family but also the community,’ Maggy explained to The Sun.
She added: ‘As a family, we are living day to day and trying to get through this tragedy. We are grieving the best way we know how. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t think of her and miss her pretty smile.’
‘To me, he deserves the death penalty, he is a monster, an evil monster. She did not deserve any of that,’ she said
Nicknamed ‘Sassy,’ Maggy described her daughter as being a very ‘beautiful, caring and loving person.’ She added that the pair were ‘best friends.’
Maggy feels Lewellyn is deserving of the death penalty and hopes he gets that sentence during his trial next year.
‘I don’t know what he got out of that because he took a beautiful life, a young woman who had a bright future,’ the heartbroken mother asserted. ‘He was very cruel to do what he did and the way that he did it.
‘To me, he deserves the death penalty, he is a monster, an evil monster. She did not deserve any of that.’
Maggy shared that she frequents the various areas where her daughter was last seen and where Sydney’s body was found, just days after she was reported missing.
She said: ‘I still go to where it was at, I’ve walked it, I’ve done every step she’s taken, to try and see what happened. He will never tell the truth.’
Sydney’s mom, a receptionist at a local dental office, shared that the family had just returned from a trip to Destin, Florida, when the jogger went missing.
‘We’d had a great trip, and she loved the beach. Everything was just right that day,’ Maggy said. ‘She came over, we talked a little bit, and she went and got my mail and she came back.
Lewellyn was arrested August 21 and is being held without bond at the Randolph County jail. He is facing charges of capital murder, rape, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse
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
‘She said, “I’m going to go home, I’m going to bake some brownies or cookies.”
‘She was leaving and I said, ‘I love you, I’ll talk to you later’. She said, ‘I love you too’. And that was the last I heard from her.
At around 5pm, Maggy realized her daughter was missing when she received a call from Sydner’s boyfriend. She called other family members and soon they were looking all around the Newport area for Sydney.
‘I just threw my hands up like, “We’ve been everywhere down that road she ran and there was no sign, nothing”. I said, “Something’s wrong”. And that’s when the tragedy began.
‘I panicked, I just thought … has someone gone through here, drug-related, and snatched her up?’
Maggy contacted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and had AT&T track Sydney’s phone and Apple Watch as more gathered at the couple’s home.
She was reported missing after failing to return to the home she shared with her boyfriend of four years, Alex Nicholson (above together)
‘She did not do this run [as a] routine,’ Maggy shared. ‘She was a nurse. She had different shifts all the time. It was never every day and at no certain time.
‘We searched all night long, by the next day we had several different departments, state police, FBI, and I would say nearly 300 people volunteering.
‘We did not get sleep for days, we did not get sleep until they found her.’
Sydney’s parents and two brothers were notified of Sydney’s death on the Friday after her body was discovered.
‘We were very traumatized by this, she was the light of our lives,’ Maggy said.
‘But we stuck together as a very close family, and we stayed together in the days afterwards.’
Following reports of her disappearance, Lewellyn joined a Facebook page dedicated to searching for Sutherland.
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.
Police found her body two days later following a wide scale search operation using K-9 units and helicopter crews.
Sutherland, who worked as a nurse, was last seen alive out jogging on August 19
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 and is being held without bond at the Randolph County jail.
Lewellyn is facing charges of capital murder, rape, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse.
During his initial court appearance earlier this month, Lewellyn wore a bullet-proof vest and an orange prison jumpsuit as he arrived at the courthouse.
The devastated mother shared that the family had just gotten back from a trip to Destin, Florida, when the woman decided to go for a jog.