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Convicted Killer Leaves With Son

January 22, 2002

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Police and relatives searched Monday for a convicted killer diagnosed with schizophrenia and his 5-year-old son.

Police said Monday they have few leads on the whereabouts of Louis Peyton Sr., 35, of Maumelle and his son, Louis Peyton Jr., who goes by Luke.

Maumelle Police Chief Sam Williams said the father apparently picked up the boy from school Wednesday afternoon and neither has been seen since.

The boy’s mother, Amber Roach of Ozark, has not lived with him and his father for the last few years. The boy and his father live with Fred Peyton, the boy’s grandfather and Louis Peyton Sr.’s father.

Fred Peyton said Monday he was afraid his son’s medication was no longer working because a doctor told him it wears off after two days. He said his son has never before left without an explanation.

In 1989, Louis Peyton was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a friend. He served two years of a 10-year sentence before he was paroled to a mental health facility. Psychiatric evaluations after the killing led to his diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.

``Lou has paid the price for his problems in the past,″ Fred Peyton told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. ``He has to live with it. He still can’t talk about it.″

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