Warrant Issued for Crossbow Killer in Company of Westside Shooter

JANUARY 25, 2007 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CST

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Authorities in northwest Arkansas say an arrest warrant has been issued for a 22-year-old man who was convicted as a youth of the killing of his father with a crossbow.

The girlfriend of Justin Wade Trammell told police that Trammell had threatened to shoot her.  Prosecutors said yesterday they issued a felony warrant for Trammell.

Trammell was convicted at age 15 in 1999 of killing his father.  He was the first juvenile to be sentenced under the senate's blended sentencing law, which includes some adult-style punishment for juveniles.  A lawyer for Trammell said late yesterday that Trammell would turn himself in.

The blended sentencing law was passed in response to the 1998 shootings at Westside Middle School near Jonesboro, in which four students and a teacher were killed.  The shooters could only be prosecuted under juvenile laws.

On New Year's Day, Trammell was pulled over by police while in a vehicle with one of the Westside shooters, Mitchell Johnson.  Police say the two were roommates in Fayetteville.

Trammell and Johnson are both free from their juvenile sentences.  During the traffic stop, Trammell was given a ticket and Johnson was cited for having marijuana and a firearm.

Johnson is due to appear in court tomorrow in Fayetteville.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)