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Homeless man held in overnight stabbing death

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published April 23, 2014 at 8:27 a.m. Updated April 23, 2014 at 9:46 a.m.


Leslie Charles Webb.

1400 North St., Little Rock.

A 30-year-old homeless man has been ordered held in lieu of $1 million bond after being arrested in the stabbing death of a man late Tuesday night.

Police say Leslie Webb first reported a man he didn't know, identified later as 45-year-old Willie Taylor, awakened him at a camp he maintains near railroad tracks that run by 1400 North St. and began hitting him with a flashlight about 11:30 pm.

Webb said he then stabbed the man with a pocket knife before fleeing the area and flagging down motorists to call 911, according to a Little Rock Police Department report.

Webb led officers back to the camp, where Taylor was found dead.

Webb was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder after police determined "the circumstances of the death were different" from Webb's initial recounting and that the "meeting was prearranged," the report said. It added that the two men knew each other.

Webb didn't speak in a first court appearance Wednesday morning by video before Little Rock District Judge Alice Lightle.

During the hearing, prosecutors said Webb "changed his story" at one point, telling officers later that Taylor "held his arm, he got nervous and began to stab him."

A public defender representing Webb for the hearing described him as a former Marine who came to Little Rock about 6 months ago to seek treatment for drug addiction through a Veterans Affairs program.

In addition to setting the high bail, Lightle entered a preliminary innocent plea for Webb.

Taylor's death marked the 19th homicide in Little Rock so far this year.


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NutButter says... April 23, 2014 at 12:19 p.m.

It is high time to clear this particular location of the homeless camps and the trash there.
It should and could be a beautiful park.

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Kajon says... April 23, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.

There was never a "homeless" problem until during the Johnson administration, legislation closed all state facilities for the mentally ill and left them all to "community care". You see the type care they are receiving now.

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Skeeter59 says... April 23, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.

You can't blame the guy-- after all-- he's been in the ice for a thousand years!

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LevyRat says... April 23, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.

Mentally ill??? Really, the story says he is a DRUG ADDICT ..... wake up you TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL DEMOCRATS .......... he doesn't have a disease, HE MADE AN ADULT DECISION TO DO DRUGS!

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Packman says... April 23, 2014 at 3:53 p.m.

The good news is under Obamacare we (those of us that actually pay federal income tax and insurance premiums) are paying for his health care.

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MrMars says... April 23, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.

Willie Traylor was the guy's name and he was NOT homeless.. Sucks when journalist don't know how to check facts..

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FreeSpiritMan says... April 23, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.

Kajon you need to go to this link and read and then get back with us on that timeline of "homeless' in the USA.
w ww.dceh. org/the-history-of-homelessness-in-america-1640s-to-present/

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Capitalist12 says... April 23, 2014 at 10:59 p.m.

$1 million bond for a homeless man who claims he was attacked--and he is the only witness--and immediately had someone contact police? Sounds like a prosecutor with an agenda...

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