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Teen charged with first-degree murder instead of capital murder

Officers respond to scene of shooting (Source: KAIT) Officers respond to scene of shooting (Source: KAIT)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Jonesboro teen accused of shooting and killing a woman will face first-degree murder charges instead of capital murder.

According to Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, Austin Ivy is now charged with first-degree murder instead of capital murder charges

Ellington told Region 8 News the change was to simply remove all confusion that he was not seeking the death penalty against Ivy. 

Ivy, who is 16, is charged as an adult. 

While charged as an adult, the Supreme Court of the United States made it unconstitutional in 2012 to sentence juveniles 18 and under to death, or to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

Ivy is accused of fatally shooting 21-year-old Alicia Carr in the head in the early morning hours of March 27, in the 400-block of North Allis Street.

According to court documents, two juveniles came to the address looking for Ivy “regarding a theft he supposedly committed” in the 1800-block of Cedar Heights earlier.

Following an argument, the two juveniles went back to the car where Carr was waiting in the driver’s seat, the affidavit stated.

Ivy and another juvenile walked from the back of the apartment and opened fire on the car.

Detectives say Ivy’s shot “Struck Carr in the head, mortally wounding her.”

The boys who were in the car with her at the time jumped out of the vehicle and ran from the scene as shots continued.

Carr was taken to a local hospital where she later died.

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