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UPDATE: No bond given for Blytheville murder suspects

Michael Jackson (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.) Michael Jackson (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.)
Michael King (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.) Michael King (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.)
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Rodney King (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.) Rodney King (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.)
Stephon King (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.) Stephon King (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.)
BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

UPDATE: On Monday, two men accused of murder appeared in a Blytheville court.

Michael Jackson and Michael King received no bond. They are suspects in the murder of Yuri McKeever.

Court documents released Monday also revealed more information about why police charged Jackson and King.

When investigators began to process the scene, they found several items associated with the packaging and sale of drugs, leading them to believe the house was used solely for drug trafficking, according to the court documents.

A surveillance camera was also found at the house.

The video showed that McKeever had come home at around 9:20 a.m. on June 8.

About 10 minutes later a man wearing shorts, a white t-shirt and boots is seen at the house. He knocked on the door before going inside. He was later identified as Jackson.

About one minute later, another man, described as wearing gray shorts and red shoes, approached the house from the north. This man was later identified as King.

Jackson then exited the house, met with King on the porch, then walked to the yard.

King then walked inside, before Jackson turned back around and sprinted back to the door. He used his shirt to open the door and go inside for "several moments."

The two men then left the house carrying a bag and ran away.

Police contacted McKeever's sister to watch the surveillance video. She identified the men as “friends” of the victim.

She was able to identify them for police from the video.

Three siblings also recognized the suspects and said they were cousins.

The bag the men were seen running away with reportedly belonged to McKeever and is where he kept money and jewelry.

Warrants were issued for Jackson and King after comparing the video to past booking photos.

The men turned themselves into police June 10.

Three other suspects not involved in the murder, but possibly committed crimes in retaliation for the killing, also appeared in Blytheville Circuit Court where their bonds were set.

Bond for Stephon and Rodney King was set at $75,000, while Reginald King's bond was set at $100,000.


Blytheville police arrested three people Thursday night for possibly retaliating in connection to a murder case.

According to Captain Scott Adams, officers arrested Reginal King, Stephon King and Rodney King for terroristic act and criminal mischief. Rodney King is charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

Victims told Region 8 News that they believe the three fired shots in retaliation to recent violence in Blytheville.

Police responded to the Great River Medical Center when they learned Bryan Caruthers, 27, of Blytheville was suffering from a gunshot wound. While at the hospital, he claimed he was shot in the foot at his mother’s house.

Police also investigated a total of 11 shootings overnight Thursday.

A couple who lives in the 500-block of South First Street claimed they heard several gunshots and found bullet holes in their home. They told police they believed the shots were fired in retaliation for the murder of Yuri McKeever.

McKeever was found dead inside a home at 409 South First Street.

Michael King, 21, and Michael Jackson, 24, were arrested Friday for capital murder and aggravated robbery.

McKeever was found with “obvious head trauma.” Police transported his body to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock.

Rodney, Stephon and Reginal were captured when officers observed Reginal walking near a house on East Rose while holding a handgun. Rodney and Stephon King were “trying to hide”.

According to Adams, Reginald “made a spontaneous statement, ‘they were shooting at us so we shot back.’”

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