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Son of police officer arrested in shooting death

James "Dexter" Yancy (Source: Randolph Co. Sheriff's Office) James "Dexter" Yancy (Source: Randolph Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A prosecuting attorney has released more information in a deadly weekend shooting in Pocahontas.

In a news release Monday, Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce stated James "Dexter" Yancy was arrested in the shooting death of Nick Wayne Dawson.

Yancy, 24, of Pocahontas appeared before a circuit court judge Monday.

The judge set the man's bond at $10,000.

Boyce noted in the release that Yancy is the son of a Pocahontas police officer.

To avoid a conflict of interest, Boyce states he will petition the court to appoint a special prosecuting attorney to "review the matter to make any charging decisions."

No formal charges have been made against Yancy.

Arkansas State Police investigated the incident.

According to Bill Sadler, public information officer for ASP, Pocahontas police responded to what was initially reported as a shooting in the 1400-block of Broadway Street around 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 13.

Dawson, 28, of Pocahontas died in the incident.

A probable cause affidavit states the men, according to witness accounts, were fighting when Yancy shot and killed Dawson.

During the investigation, Yancy was advised of his rights and waived them to provide investigators with a statement.

According to court documents, Yancy admitted to investigators he had ingested methamphetamine prior to the shooting. He also admitted to having a handgun in his waistband at the time.

Furthermore, Yancy said he instigated what led to the fight.

However, he also said he shot Dawson in "self-defense and feared for his life," according to the affidavit.

Witnesses corroborated Yancy's version of events that the men were fighting at the time of Dawson's death.

ASP states that, based on facts and evidence in the case, Yancy committed the crime of felony manslaughter.

The following is the full probable cause affidavit:

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