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Teen charged in fatal shooting during robbery attempt

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published December 16, 2013 at 6:28 a.m.


Lerome Deshawn Kelley

A 19-year-old has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a man during a robbery attempt at an ATM on Friday night in Jacksonville, authorities said.

Lerome Deshawn Kelley is accused of killing 23-year-old Marcus Israel during an attempted holdup at an ATM in the 600 block of West Main Street about 8:30 p.m.

Israel was shot multiple times in his car, which then crashed into a nearby building, police said. He was taken to UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock, where he died Saturday morning.

The shooter wasn't at the scene when police arrived, but authorities released a detailed description. Kelley was arrested late Sunday night, though it wasn't clear how police tied him to the crime.

Pulaski County jail records show Kelley was booked into that facility shortly after 3:30 a.m. Monday. He is being held without bail pending an initial court appearance.

In addition to a charge of capital murder and aggravated robbery in the Friday fatal shooting, Kelley is also charged with armed robberies Nov. 28 and Nov. 30 at an ATM at 101 Gregory Place and a robbery at gunpoint earlier Friday night of a Sonic employee outside the restaurant at 1808 W. Main St.

Kelley was described by police as "basically homeless" while staying with multiple people around Jacksonville.

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LevyRat says... December 16, 2013 at 7:58 a.m.

How did police tie him to the crime??? He is a low-life thug who would brag to everyone about his little crime spree ....... someone turned him in for the reward! Hope he gets the death penalty, this scum doesn't deserve to live.

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hah406 says... December 16, 2013 at 8:07 a.m.

I second your death penalty Rat! But they found him because the thug is so stupid he robbed folks at the same ATM three times and doesn't know how to keep his face off the cameras....THEN he went and bragged about it.

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JIMBOB47 says... December 16, 2013 at 10:54 a.m.

He may be technically 'homeless', but has plenty of cash with all his robberies. I agree with LevyRat and hah406 - he should be burned - and QUICKLY!

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PrettyP says... December 16, 2013 at 11:48 a.m.

No he's not a thug at all. His people threw him out the house and he has nowhere to go. Yes what he did is dead wrong but he has been through rough hard times. He's 19 n he's been threw hell his whole life. He's treated like a misfit for trying to help his family. A man that shouldn't even have say so about him does n did him dirty. Yes he has to do time if it was even his fault. U don't know his story so don't try n judge him. Only God can judge us.

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TheSilence says... December 16, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Given that Mr. Kelley is currently charged with capital murder and at least 4 counts of aggravated robbery, I would assert that he is certainly displaying behavior that I would characterize as "thuggish."
I, too, have been through tough times in my life. However, I can't say that I responded to those tough times by shooting and robbing others. While his desire to help his family is commendable, I would also argue that he might have been better served by, perhaps, getting a job than robbing others of the money that they earned at their jobs.
And I disagree with your assertion that "only God can judge us." While final judgement is certainly the domain of the Lord, I believe that a judge and jury of peers will be passing earthly judgement on Mr. Kelley soon. If he is convicted on the charges he faces, he deserves more than "time."

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YoungHog says... December 16, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.

PrettyP.. regardless of the whole story or how he was treated.. No reason to take life.. You help your family by being responsible and seeking employment.. Not seeking a lick..

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KDcInsulBossRocks says... December 16, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.

I say try Pretty P at the same time as an accomplis to stupidity!!

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PrettyP says... December 16, 2013 at 2:58 p.m.

I say Kenneth Andrews you can say what u want. IM not thinking or commenting on your ignorance.

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flipflop says... December 16, 2013 at 3:41 p.m.

He is a Ghetto Thug thru and thru!! and ---judging by the pikinini hairdoo, a loser ghetto thug at that

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