Farmer's 'disturbing act' after hitting nurse with his car

Brooke Rolfe
·News Reporter
·3-min read

The farmer charged with killing a 25-year-old nurse has reportedly revealed in a mental health exam disturbing details of what he did with the jogger's body after fatally striking her with his car.

Quake Lewellyn is accused of killing, raping and burying the body of Sydney Sutherland, who disappeared while out running in August last year near Newport in the US state of Arkansas.

Her body was found two days later, which led to the arrest of the 28-year-old farmer, who is facing charges of capital murder, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and rape.

While being evaluated by a state psychologist to determine if he was mentally fit to stand trial, KARK reports Lewellyn divulged crude information from the day he allegedly killed Ms Sutherland, who he attended high school with.

Quake Lewellyn, 28, reportedly revealed disturbing details in an evaluation with a psychologist. Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Office
Quake Lewellyn, 28, reportedly revealed disturbing details in an evaluation with a psychologist. Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Office

“It was all just a blur,” Lewellyn told the psychologist, according to KARK which obtained the report.

He reportedly told the psychologist he saw Ms Sutherland walking down a gravel road and drove past her before turning around and hitting her with his ute.

Lewellyn claimed he lost sight of her because of the dust. He stopped his car and walked over to see if she was alright, but she appeared to be dead.

Man didn't call the police because he was 'scared'

Neglecting to call police because he was "scared and afraid I was gonna be in trouble for running her over", he collected her body and put it in the tray of his ute before setting about finding somewhere to hide it.

He then located a rice field to bury the body in, but before doing so he took her clothes off and "tried messing with her a bit".

Lewellyn refrained from revealing exactly what he did to her body because his attorneys advised him not to.

Sydney Sutherland was found in a field two days after disappearing during a jog. Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Office
Sydney Sutherland was found in a field two days after disappearing during a jog. Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Office

Afterwards, he dug a hole and buried Ms Sutherland then proceeded with his day as though he had not killed a woman then abused her corpse, according to the evaluation.

He went back to work for the next two or three hours then went home, ate a meal and went to bed having not told anyone while he "just tried to forget about it", the psychologist said.

Speaking with his dad on the phone after news of Ms Sutherland's disappearance spread, Lewellyn said he had seen her on the road.

The following day he attended the police station to report his sighting and hoped he would not get caught. Eventually, he decided to confess.

He maintained he didn't kill her on purpose, and didn't contact police sooner because he was "scared".

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