A Lonoke County man remains in custody on a $1 million bond for capital murder after stabbing his wife for changing the television channel.


According to investigators at the Lonoke County Sheriff’s office, Tony Thomas, 58, said he had been watching a professional football game on Nov. 19, 2017 and went out to smoke. Upon returning to his game, he found his wife, Elke Thomas, 58, had changed the channel. After asking about the score, his wife began yelling at him, got in his face. It was then, Thomas told investigators he grabbed a knife from the wall and stabbed her. He claimed he “blacked out” and then when he “came to” he was over her with a knife in his hands. Thomas also told investigators he drug her body outside and called the Sheriff’s Office.


Court records indicate that a month prior to the murder, the victim filed for an order of protecting against Thomas. The protection order was denied on Oct. 6, due to lack of evidence.


According to a press release issued by the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office then, the department received a call from an individual who was flagged down by a woman on Hamilton Loop, south of Carlisle. According to the caller, the woman said to contact 911 because she had just saw a man stab his wife. A second call was also received, from a man who said he needed the police because he just killed his wife.


Upon arrive to the address near the 2000 block of Hamilton Loop, Sheriff deputies found Tony Thomas, sitting next to a body covered in a blanket. A large knife was located next to the victim, identified as Elke Thomas, who was pronounced dead at the scene.


Thomas remains in custody at the Lonoke County Detention Facility. A plea and arraignment hearing for Thomas has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 22. A defense attorney is not listed for Thomas.