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Police arrest 2nd man in shooting death of 70-year-old

Joe Perkins     Provided by Blytheville Police Department Joe Perkins Provided by Blytheville Police Department
Antwane Blair     Provided by Blytheville Police Department Antwane Blair Provided by Blytheville Police Department

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) – Blytheville Police have arrested a second man in the shooting death of a popular 70-year-old business man.

According to Blytheville Police Antwane Blair is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of R.D. Newbern on February 8 at his Bar-B-Q stand.

Police also arrested 18-year-old Joe Perkins on Tuesday and charged him with capital murder and aggravated robbery in the shooting death of Newbern.

Police say during the investigation, Perkin told investigators that Blair told him Newbern would have stacks of money and he could do a hit that would set him up for awhile.

Perkins also told investigators the weapon used is the shooting was given to him by Blair.

Blair was arrested Tuesday and told police he did give Perkins a gun, but didn't know he was going to use it to rob and kill Newbern.

Antwane Blair is facing capital murder and aggravated robbery charges, and is being held in the Mississippi county Jail without bond.

Police say Perkins is also a suspect in a shooting on November 23. Police say they were called to the 400 block of North 2nd Street in reference to an aggravated robbery that just occurred.

During the investigation, Perkins was identified as one of the men who police say got out of a car and pulled a gun on a juvenile. Police say an altercation ensued, and Perkins fired shots at the juvenile. Warrants were later issued for that incident.

Perkins is charged with capital murder/aggravated robbery, two counts of theft and two counts of possession of firearm by certain persons. He was denied bond on court Tuesday.

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