Teen to be tried as an adult in Blytheville murder

Teen to be tried as an adult in Blytheville murder

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A Blytheville teen arrested in connection with a deadly shooting will be tried as an adult for murder.

Captain Scott Adams with the Blytheville Police Department says the 17-year-old suspect was arrested at his home late Friday night.

He's accused in the shooting death of Lawless Kennedy. Shortly after 12:30 p.m. Thursday officers were called to the 700-block of Lake Street regarding a man shot and laying in the roadway. When officers arrived they found 49-year-old Lawless Kennedy suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Kennedy was taken by ambulance to Great River Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

His body has been taken to the Arkansas Medical Examiner's Office in Little Rock for autopsy.

Several people told police they saw the suspect running from the scene with a handgun in his hand, Adams said.

Officers arrested the teen Friday during a traffic stop near his home.

When questioned by detectives, Adams said the teen denied any involvement in the shooting death of Kennedy.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, is charged with first degree murder and a terroristic act.

He is also suspected in a March 17 shooting in the 500 block of Southwest Parkway. The victim told police he and the suspect had fought earlier in the day at Williams Park.


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