Update: Three charged in East Jonesboro shooting

Update: Three charged in East Jonesboro shooting
Nicholas Weems (Jonesboro Police Department)
Nicholas Weems (Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Three men suspected in a drug-related shooting last week in east Jonesboro appeared in court Monday.

Craighead County District Court Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause to charge Nicholas Weeams, Darius Sills, and Danny Gibson with aggravated robbery. Weeams was also charged with first-degree battery. According

to a news release from the Jonesboro Police Department, Gibson and Weeams were arrested Thursday. A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued for Sills. He turned himself in to police on Saturday.

Blackman set bond for Gibson and Sills at $100,000 each. Weeams is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Around 11 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to the 4700-block of Samantha Avenue in reference to a shots fired call.

According to the incident report, when officers arrived they found 19-year-old Caleb Andrew Perry of Jonesboro in the street suffering from several gunshot wounds, including one to his arm, another to his leg, and two to his pelvic region.

One officer noted in his report that he could "immediately smell the odor of marijuana in the area and on several persons."

Perry told police a white Chevy Impala with three men inside had pulled up and started shooting him.

At first, Perry said one of the suspects owed his friend money and Perry was going to get it. Then Perry said he and a few friends were standing outside talking when the suspects pulled up, the report stated.

Noticing discrepancies in his story, one of the officers on the scene told Perry "his story was not adding up and that he needed to be honest," the report stated.

Perry refused to go into detail, the report stated; but, "admitted that he had planned to sell marijuana to some individuals. When they arrived, they took the marijuana and shot him."

Perry continued to tell police he did not know any of the other suspects involved.

Court documents revealed Perry and Gibson exchanged several text messages prior to the shooting regarding the sale of an ounce of marijuana.

The probable cause affidavit stated at first they were to meet at the Kum & Go on East Highland, but because there were too many people around they moved a block north to Samantha.

Gibson reportedly admitted to police he set up the meeting and identified the shooter as Weeams.

He told investigators Weeams pulled a gun and shot Perry after getting the marijuana, the affidavit stated.

Before the shots began, witnesses reportedly heard Sills yell, "Shoot him. Shoot him."

According to the affidavit, Weeams admitted he shot Perry.

As of Monday, the weapon used in the shooting had not been recovered.