Stark was charged with killing Theresa M. Kosik, 42, also of Hardy, on Sept. 2 when he was arrested after Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose and Fulton County Deputy Jeremy Rose found Kosik's body in her residence.
The arrest stemmed from a welfare check Ernie Rose conducted on Kosik when people found out from Stark that she was dead. Stark had given various accounts on how Kosik died to people and the police who asked about her. However, no funeral arrangements had been made, and no hospitals or coroners had Kosik's body.
Ernie Rose questioned Stark further after he had found one of Stark's stories to be false. According to Ernie Rose, Stark had told him that he and Kosik got drunk on Aug. 29, and Kosik passed out and did not wake up. According to Ernie Rose, Stark said he drove Kosik to the Fulton County Hospital and she was pronounced dead. With the aid of Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger, Ernie Rose found this information to be false.
"I'm going to get to the bottom of this and you know it," Ernie Rose told Stark. "You need to tell me where Theresa is."
According to Ernie Rose, Stark told him, "I killed her."
Kosik's body was found inside the residence sitting in a chair.
According to the affidavit, "(Stark) had shot Kosik three times in the head with a .22 caliber rifle."
Jeremy Rose read Stark his Miranda rights and arrested him. Stark had been held in custody in the Fulton County Jail until his trial.
Ernie Rose said Stark and Kosik had been together for about two years. Although they were not legally married, Ernie Rose said the couple performed their own wedding ceremony.
According to family and friends, Kosik was partially paralyzed since she was 12 when she stepped in front of a car while she and her family were living in Florida. In a statement Stark made in the courtroom before his trial, he said Kosik also was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and he said those who have loved ones who suffer from the disease should seek treatment immediately.
In a letter Stark wrote that Stark's sister circulated to area press, he wrote, "She (Kosik) was a wonderful person when stable, and she was stable most of the time."
Stark also wrote that he had loaded guns in the house. "Not knowing where the other gun was, I turned to her and reacted," Stark wrote.
"I would like to say I'm sorry to Theresa's family," Stark said before his trial. "She (Kosik) is in my heart and always in my heart. I'm sorry for any pain and suffering."
After Stark pled guilty to murdering Kosik, the Honorable Judge Tim Weaver asked if there were any family or friends of the victim in the courtroom to help decide what Stark's sentence should be. Prosecuting Attorney Dwayne Plumlee said he had tried to call Kosik's sister in Florida but was unsuccessful. With none of the victim's family or friends present, Weaver sentenced Stark to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.