Charges against Region 8 man dropped, wants to tell his side

Lester Gene Lowery Jr. (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
Lester Gene Lowery Jr. (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Charges have been dropped against a man who turned himself in to police in connection to an armed robbery from January 2013.

Thirty-nine-year-old Lester Gene Lowery Jr. turned himself in Thursday, April 18, 2013. Jonesboro police had issued a warrant his arrest for his believed involvement in a robbery that occurred at Sam's Quick Shop on South Caraway Road the night of January 20, 2013.

The state of Arkansas dropped aggravated robbery charges against Lowery May 12, 2014.

According to Jonesboro police, during the investigation two suspects, Alvin Jones and Derrell Darnell Boyd, who were arrested that night said Lowery "waited for both accused parties to complete the reported offense, and aided them in fleeing the scene."    
"I was supposed to have been a getaway driver I'm assuming, and those guys got arrested an hour after the crime was committed. I don't live in Jonesboro. So why would I come from out of town to participate in a robbery when I don't know these guys?"   
Zach Morrison, a spokesman for Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington's office emailed a statement, saying, "Lowery was implicated by two individuals who have each been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the robbery of Sam's Quick Shop. Although implicated by his co-defendants, after further review of the facts, the deputy prosecutor believes there was not sufficient independent evidence to take Lowery to trial."
The evidence listed in the police affidavit included phone calls and deleted text messages on Lowery's cell phone found by the JPD High Tech Crimes Unit. 
According to the affidavit, the phone calls and texts were sent to the two men who committed the robbery.
"I don't have any connection to them directly, but one is my cousin's son, estranged son. So he's no relation to me. There's no connection there. I never had their phone numbers, no phone calls, no nothing to them. So what would make me be dragged into this, I still don't understand."

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