SUPREME COURT OF ARKANSAS
CHRISTY SUZANNE VIDOS,
STATE OF ARKANSAS,
Opinion Delivered September 14, 2006
APPEAL FROM BOONE COUNTY
HON. JOHNNY RAY PUTMAN,
JIM GUNTER, Associate Justice
This appeal arises from the conviction and sentence of appellant, Christy Suzanne
Vidos, by a Boone County jury for the death of her estranged husband, Lloyd Vidos.
Appellant was convicted of capital murder, a violation of Ark. Code Ann. § 5-10-101 (Repl.
1997), a class Y felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a violation of Ark. Code
Ann. § 5-53-111 (Repl. 1997), a class D felony. Appellant was sentenced to life
imprisonment without parole with six years to be served concurrently on the tampering
charge. On appeal, appellant makes six allegations of error. We affirm the jury’s verdict.
Appellant and Vidos were married, had two children, and lived in Berwick,
Louisiana. After some time, the marriage became strained, and the two separated. Appellant
moved back to Boone County with her boyfriend, Leslie Paray, and Vidos filed for divorce.
Appellant later had a child with Paray, and they were married in Boone County prior to the
divorce being finalized.
In July of 2002, appellant and her parents, Jonny Cris and Sharon Acuff, traveled
back to Berwick to collect some of appellant’s personal property. Vidos traveled with
appellant back to Boone County in a U-Haul truck. When they arrived in Boone County,
appellant and Vidos were supposed to go to the Acuff residence on Daniels Road, but
instead, they went to a vacant house on her parents’ property on Shake Rag Hollow Road,
which is located in an isolated, rural area of Boone County. She left Vidos there, and she
and Paray returned to the vacant house. Appellant’s father later picked up his daughter at
the vacant house, but Vidos was not there.
Metz Vidos, the victim’s father, notified Louisiana law-enforcement officials that his
son was missing. On August 8, 2002, the Berwic