Craighead County Couple Faces Charges in Pornography Manufacturing Case

JONESBORO, AR – Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced today that his office has filed formal charges against Leslie Sessions and Derek Calloway for the manufacture of pornography in public places within the City of Jonesboro.

Sessions, 30, and Calloway, 37, both face three counts of Public Display of Hard-Core Sexual Conduct; three counts of Sale, Possession, or Distribution of Obscene Film; and three counts of Promoting Obscene Performance. Each of the nine charges is a Class D Felony, with a punishment range of 0-6 years and up to $10,000 fine.

Both were arrested on July 14th after officers obtained warrants for their arrests. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Pictured: Leslie Sessions

Pictured: Derek Calloway

 

Mississippi County Man Convicted of First Degree Murder

Defendant Jamal Akram, also known as Adam Troy Ford, 54, was convicted of first degree murder by a Mississippi County jury in Blytheville for killing Linda Hatcher, 57. The jury found that Akram beat Hatcher to death on March 18, 2016 in the home they shared on 507 South Franklin Street in Blytheville. Akram was charged as a habitual offender, and the jury recommended a sentence of sixty years imprisonment. Judge Ralph Wilson, Jr. followed that recommendation.

Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said, “This was a tough case, but deputy prosecutors Curtis Walker and Gina Knight worked hard to secure a conviction. I appreciate their diligence and attention to detail as they pulled this case together and presented it to the jury. I also appreciate the hard work of Blytheville Police Department as they continue to investigate violent crimes.”

 

Prosecutor Ellington files formal murder, battery charges in Main Street shooting spree

JONESBORO, ARK – Scott Ellington, District Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announces the filing of formal charges against a duo arrested in the May 14 mass shooting spree at The Basement in downtown Jonesboro that left one person dead and six more injured.

Ellington filed an Information Wednesday in Craighead County Circuit Court charging Kalius J. “KK” Lane, 20, and Chauncey Thomas, 19, both of Jonesboro, each with one (1) count of First Degree Murder and six (6) counts of First Degree Battery.

Ellington said both face up to life in prison if convicted of the charges.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

History of the Case:

In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 14, Jonesboro police officers were dispatched to The Basement, 311 S. Main St., Jonesboro, in regard to a shooting that had occurred at a large party being held at the event venue.

One victim, Montario Barnes, was pronounced dead at the scene. Six additional victims were taken to area hospitals and treated for gunshot injuries. Witnesses identified both defendants as the suspects and Jonesboro Police Department detectives obtained warrants for their arrests. Thomas himself surrendered to authorities the same day, while Lane fled to Texas, where United States marshals apprehended him.

Pictured: Chauncey ThomasPictured: Kalius Lane

Mississippi County Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

BLYTHEVILLE, AR – District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced that a Mississippi County jury found Kordarro Woodard, 25, guilty of first degree murder today in the death of Martha George, 37, both of Blytheville.

The state alleged Woodard went to George’s home after midnight on June 19, 2016 where he argued and fought with her, poured gas on her, then caused her to catch fire with his lighter. Woodard claimed George set herself on fire in an attempted suicide because he was talking to other women.

Judge Cindy Thyer followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Woodard to 15 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Ellington praised the work of Detectives Ronnie McShan and Eric Farrell of the Blytheville Police Department and Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Curtis Walker and Gina Knight for their hard work investigating and prosecuting this difficult case.

Woodard was represented by Attorney James W. Harris of Blytheville.

 

Clay County Jury Convicts Man of First Degree Murder

CORNING, AR – Scott Ellington, District Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announces that a jury in Clay County found Bryan Curtis, 46, guilty of First Degree Murder today. The case concerned the June 12, 2016 shooting death of James Prater, 55. After only fifty-five (55) minutes of deliberation, the jury returned to the courtroom with a guilty verdict. Judge Randy Philhours followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Curtis to twenty-five (25) years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington and Deputy Prosecutor Mike Trail represented the State of Arkansas. Ellington said, “I appreciate the jury’s thoughtful consideration of the evidence and thank them for being willing to spend time away from their work and families to perform this vital civic duty.” He also praised the work of the Corning Police Department, Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller and his deputies, lead investigator Special Agent Creston Hutton and other members of the Arkansas State Police for their thorough investigations in this case.