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$200,000 bond set for Blytheville murder suspect

Published: Oct. 9, 2021 at 4:26 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2021 at 7:44 PM CDT
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BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) -A $200,000 cash-only bond was set Wednesday for a Mississippi County man accused of murder-first degree in the shooting death of a man earlier this month.

Lafaye King Jr., 18, who was listed as homeless from the Blytheville/Osceola area, turned himself in to police Monday.

A judge issued an arrest warrant Monday for King, Jr. for the shooting death of 19-year-old Demarcus Robinson.

Police Chief Ross Thompson said the shooting on Lakewood Street happened around 12:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.

On Wednesday, Blytheville police released more details in the case.

When officers arrived, they found Robinson suffering from a gunshot wound through the back and chest area.

A witness told police they heard shots in the area before the shooting happened, while another witness said Robinson had gotten into a dispute with a friend of King, an incident report noted.

“The witness stated that Demarcus Robinson had been in a recent dispute with the two parties regarding a female. The witness stated Robinson, while sitting on the porch, fired shots at the defendant and his associate. The witness stated that he ‘grabbed’ Demarcus Robinson and told him to stop shooting and began walking him (Robinson) away from the residence, back to his (Robinson’s) residence,” Blytheville police said. “The witness then stated while walking Demarcus Robinson back to his (Robinson’s) residence, the associate of Lefaye King Jr. called him (Robinson) a derogatory name, which made Demarcus Robinson turn around and fire more shots.”

King and the other person then left, Blytheville police said, noting King was selected out of a six-person photo line-up as the suspect.

Robinson was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

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