Duke Murder Case Gets A Break

"Reporter: Mr. Love, you say you are not guilty of this? Love: Yes sir. Not guilty"

Friday, 18-year-old Paul Love Jr. of Jonesboro appeared in front of a judge on charges of capital murder and aggravated burglary, stemming from the October 14th shooting death of Timothy Duke.

"This Saturday night we got information from a confidential informant of the name of Mr. Love and one other person that were there at the scene," said Detective Ernest Ward.

Until now this was a case that had few leads.

"It was a major breaking point. It was what made the case. It was the turning point in the case," said Ward.

Police say after several interviews with Love he said that Timothy Duke tried to purchase crack cocaine from him on the day of the shooting.

Love went on to say, when Duke didn't have the money for the purchase, lhe attempted to rob him.

Love alledges Duke then tried to flee when he shot him in the abdoment.

Timothy Duke died the following day at Saint Bernards Medical Center.

But why did Love tell us he was not guilty if he confessed??

"Reporter: Why did you confess that you did it, if you didn't? Love: I don't know. I was just trying to leave and go home."

Now, Love probably won't be going home any time soon, instead he'll be spending some time behind bars, and for that police are happy.

"I've gotten a person off the street that is not afraid to shoot someone," said Ward.

Love is being held at the Craighead County Jail without bond.

If convicted he could face life in prison or the death penalty.

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