$500K Bond Set for Man Accused in Wedding Shooting

RUSSELLVILLE, AR - A judge has set a $500,000 bond for the man accused four people at an outdoor wedding in rural Pope County.

Judge Don Bourne presided over the short hearing today for 29-year-old Patrick Paul Duvall of Russellville.  The county's public defender's office said it had yet been assigned to represent Duvall, who is accused of firing a 9 mm pistol at those attending a wedding Saturday along Piney Creek north of Dover.

Deputies say Duvall remains in custody at the Pope County jail.

Police have said about 50 people attended the wedding along the creek.  They say Duvall opened fire without knowing the bride or groom, both of whom suffered gunshot wounds during the attack.

Little Rock television station KLRT identified the bride as Melissa Beavers.  She spoke to the station yesterday in a hospital gown from a room at UAMS.  A large, deep red laceration showed across her forehead, and part of her hair had been cut away.

Beavers told the station that she was "devastated" after the shooting and didn't know what had happened.

Duvall faces four counts of first-degree felony battery, which each carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a $15,000 fine.  Duvall also faces a felony vehicle-theft charge.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)