Arkansas Victim Witness Program Sets up Memorial Trust for Dirkhising

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

(CNSNews.com) - The Benton County Prosecutor's Office has set up a memorial trust for Jesse Dirkhising, a 13-year-old boy who allegedly was raped and murdered by two gay men on September 26.

The proceeds of the trust fund will help pay for a house for Jesse's mother and stepfather, a relative of the dead boy told CNSNews.com.

"It's what Jesse would have wanted," Freda Yates, Jesse's aunt, told CNSNews.com.

Prosecuting Attorney Brad Butler told CNSNews.com his office decided to set up the memorial fund after it was inundated with mail for the family and calls by people offering their help. The fund was set up by the victim witness coordinator through the victim witness program, he said.

"We received a lot of mail for this family," Butler said, "and calls from people wanting to know what they can do. If somebody wants to send money to this family, that's a personal decision and we don't want to be responsible for being a conduit for that or for managing that."

Two men were each charged with capital murder and six counts of rape stemming from the boy's death. One of the men, Joshua Macave Brown, 22, told police he sneaked up on Dirkhising, tied him up and repeatedly sodomized him while his lover, Davis Don Carpenter, 38, watched. The boy died of asphyxiation.

The men, who pleaded not guilty, are being held without bond. A hearing is set for Dec. 8; the trial is expected to begin in April.