FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 15, 2014
Executive Assistant for Scott Ellington,
Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District
(870) 932-1513 – Phone
(870) 351-2729 – Cell
FREDDIE SHARP III MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE IN COURT ON CHARGE OF RAPE OF JESSICA WILLIAMS
BLYTHEVILLE, ARK. – Freddie Sharp III, 29, of Gosnell made a first appearance in Blytheville District Court Wednesday morning to face a rape charge in connection to the Jessica Williams case, Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, said.
Blytheville District Judge Shannon Langston found probable cause to charge Sharp with rape, a class Y felony, punishable by 10 to 40 years or life in prison and set bond at $1 million, cash only. Langston ordered Sharp, if he made bond, to have no contact with the victim’s family or any minor child. He was also ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device if released, Ellington said.
On August 27, 2013 officers from the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department and the Arkansas State Police were dispatched to 5436 NCR 503 in reference to a missing child. A search and rescue effort ended at approximately 6:30 a.m. on August 28 with the discovery of Jessica’s body in a ditch near the Big Lake area.
During an autopsy of the victim at the Arkansas State Crime Lab, male DNA was recovered indicating the victim had been sexually assaulted. Investigators obtained several DNA samples from individuals, including Sharp.
“Law enforcement received information late last week that the male DNA recovered during the autopsy belonged to Sharp, within all scientific certainty,” Ellington said.
Officers with the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department and the Arkansas State Police arrested Sharp at 1:15 p.m. Monday for the rape of 11-year-old-girl.
Sharp remains in the Mississippi County Detention Center in lieu of bond. His next court appearance is slated for February 27 in Mississippi County Circuit Court before Circuit Judge Ralph Wilson Jr of Osceola.