Trial begins for Blytheville murder suspect

Trial begins for Blytheville murder suspect
Anfernee Xavier Wells (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.)
Anfernee Xavier Wells (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.)


The trial has begun for a Blytheville murder suspect.

Jury selection for the trial began Tuesday.

Johnson will appear in court again Wednesday at 9 a.m.

UPDATE: 4/8/16

The trial date for a murder suspect in Blytheville has been set.

The trial of Daniel "DyNasty" Johnson is scheduled for April 18.

A Mississippi County District Court judge found probable cause Wednesday to charge a Blytheville man with first-degree murder.

Judge Shannon Langston set bond at $1 million cash-only for Daniel "DyNasty" Johnson.

Johnson, 24, is accused of shooting and killing 23-year-old Vincent Stone on June 22 at Williams Park.

According to a news release from Captain Scott Adams of the Blytheville Police Department, a witness claimed Stone had just lost a game of basketball and was walking to his car when the shooting occurred.

The witness claimed two black males ran up and began firing at them.

After the shooting stopped, the witness told police he ran to Stone's aid. Stone reportedly told the witness he recognized one of the shooters as Johnson.

The witness then followed the suspects to a house on Clinton Street, all the while relaying information to dispatch, Adams said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Johnson and his alleged accomplice, 25-year-old Anfernee Xavier Wells.

U.S. Marshals arrested Johnson earlier this month in Jefferson City, MO. At the time of his arrest, Adams said, marshals reported finding a large quantity of marijuana in his residence.

Blytheville detectives traveled to Missouri to interview Johnson.

During questioning Johnson reportedly denied any involvement in the shooting.

"He said that on the day of the shooting he was in Memphis; however, he couldn't remember how he got there or who was with him," Adams said. "Johnson admitted to heavy drug use that affects his memory."

Johnson reportedly said friends on the street told him he was involved in the shooting.

Detectives then brought Johnson back to face arraignment. His next court appearance is set for Oct. 27.

The search for Wells continues. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call the police department at (870) 763-4411 or local law enforcement.

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