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Victim identified in NLR apartment-complex slaying

By David Harten , Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published October 11, 2012 at 7:28 a.m. Updated October 11, 2012 at 2:46 p.m.


A woman reacts to the news of a relative that was killed at the Silver City Courts housing complex in North Little Rock on Wednesday.

— The victim of a Wednesday evening shooting has been identified.

According to a release from the North Little Rock Police Department, Andre Deshawn Bell, 20, of 1511 E. 2nd St., was gunned down at the Silver City Courts, 701 W. 18th St., around 6:15 p.m.

The shooting was the city's ninth homicide this year.

Authorities have also arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a man at a North Little Rock apartment complex Wednesday evening, police records show.

Antwan L. Kemp, 22, made an initial video appearance Thursday in North Little Rock District Court on charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. An attorney entered innocent pleas on both counts.

According to a North Little Rock Police Department report, Kemp admitted shooting the victim multiple times with a pistol after a verbal altercation at Silver City Courts.

Police say a witness provided the same account of the shooting.

During the brief hearing before Judge Jim Hamilton, a public defender representing Kemp said his family intends to attempt to hire a private attorney to work on the case. Hamilton then ordered Kemp held without bail until the private attorney can argue on the case.

Kemp, clad in a blue jail uniform, spoke only briefly during the hearing, acknowledging he understood what was happening and telling the judge he had no questions.

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... October 11, 2012 at 2:26 p.m.

Why did he admit to killing this person and then plead innocent? What a putz.

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jetjohn says... October 11, 2012 at 3:04 p.m.

When will the violence end? Silver City Courts should be bulldozed down. Nothing but drug running there.

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