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Bail set at $250,000 in fatal shooting at LR apartments

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published April 23, 2014 at 10:02 a.m.

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Darrell Freeman

A Little Rock man who surrendered after being named a suspect in a fatal shooting outside a Little Rock apartment complex this week was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bond Wednesday.

Darrell Freeman Jr., 21, turned himself in about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder and made an initial appearance by video Wednesday morning before Little Rock District Judge Alice Lightle.

Freeman is suspected of fatally shooting 20-year-old Bernard Sherrod on Monday night outside a building at Park Heights Apartments, 1701 N. Bryant St. Sherrod suffered a gunshot wound in his right shoulder and died at UAMS Medical Center.

Prosecutors said at the brief hearing Wednesday that one witness reported Freeman responded Sherrod "needed to die" because he had tried to steal Freeman's guns and to stab him when the witness asked about the shooting.

Freeman's attorney, Lee D. Short, asked Lightle to set a $50,000 bail and to order ankle monitoring, noting that Freeman is a lifelong resident of the area and that he turned himself in.

But, Lightle said, a previous contempt of court violation indicated he may not abide by the court's orders. She then sentenced him to 30 days in jail on that charge and set the bail for the murder charge at $250,000.

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messsgt_cox.net says... April 23, 2014 at 12:53 p.m.

Sounds like he is using the old Arkansas defense, "He needed killing." At one time that was a pretty good excuse, and juries bought it.

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LevyRat says... April 23, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.

Funny that this guy is considered a flight risk and his bail is $250,000 .... the homeless guy gets a $1,000,000 bond on the same charge, maybe the guy he killed didn't need killing????

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ConejoBlanco says... April 23, 2014 at 2:43 p.m.

This statement confuses me: "Prosecutors said at the brief hearing Wednesday that one witness reported Freeman responded Sherrod "needed to die" because he had tried to steal Freeman's guns and to stab him when the witness asked about the shooting." Did the witness say that Freeman said that Freeman shot Sherrod after Sherrod tried to stab Freeman at the time that the witness asked Freeman why Freeman shot Sherrod? If so, that seems awfully circular. I must be missing something.

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Packman says... April 23, 2014 at 3:56 p.m.

If you think it's bad in Little Rock, move to Chicago.

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