Tuesday, October 04, 2011

TOP STORY >> Murder suspects arrive in Lonoke

Leader staff writer

Four people arrested last month in Longview, Texas, for the Lonoke shooting death of Walter Jones, 28, waved extradition and were brought to the Lonoke County Detention Center around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Lonoke County prosecutor Chuck Graham said Courtney McClain, Kimo McClain and Jeremy Walker, all of Lonoke, and Fantasia Williams of Longview, Texas, are being held with no bond. Their first appearance is Friday morning.

Walker, 24, is charged with second-degree murder and committing a terroristic act.

Courtney McClain, 24, is charged with hindering apprehension.

Kimo McClain, 21, Courtney McClain’s younger brother, is charged with hindering apprehension.

Williams, 26, Kimo McClain’s girlfriend, is charged with hindering apprehension.

The four were arrested after authorities found them hiding out in Williams’ house in Texas.

Jones’ death was the first murder in Lonoke in the past five years. Police found Jones, of 105 Teresa Lane, dead on Sept. 18 near the mailboxes at 101 Plantation Drive.

Jones had a gunshot wound on the left side of his head near the left ear.

A silver revolver with blood was found in the grass next to Jones’ body.

Courtney McClain of 302 Teresa Lane was walking east in the 100 block of Plantation Drive with a possible gunshot wound to his left forearm. Plantation Drive is across the street from Teresa Lane.

McClain told police that he and Jones began to fight. During the fight Jones pulled a silver revolver.

McClain said he attempted to take control of the weapon.

During the struggle, McClain said he was shot in the left forearm and Jones was shot.

The shootings may have been related to a fight that occurred the night before the murder at a nightclub in Scott.

Police do not believe the gun found next to Jones was the weapon used in the shooting.

Lonoke Police Chief Michael Wilson said both Jones and McClain have lived in Lonoke for many years.

In a suspected act of revenge, McClain’s grandmother’s house at 302 Teresa Lane was set on fire hours after the murder.

No one was at the home when the house was torched.