North Little Rock slaying suspect pleads innocent

Danny Dednam
Danny Dednam

A man arrested in a fatal shooting at a North Little Rock gas station pleaded innocent to a charge of first-degree murder Thursday.


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District Judge Jim Hamilton ordered Danny Ray Dednam, 18, to be held at the Pulaski County jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. Dednam is accused of shooting Keon Woodson multiple times in an altercation at the Exxon at 3800 Camp Robinson Road late Tuesday.

Woodson, 22, of Little Rock was found dead 1.2 miles from the gas station at 11:48 p.m. at Summertree Apartments, 5600 Summertree Drive. His body was slumped over in the back seat of a white Chevrolet Tahoe, police said.

A police affidavit released Thursday offers no motive in the killing, but it says three witnesses identified Dednam as the shooter in a photo lineup. The witnesses, who were not identified in the affidavit, told police they'd driven with Woodson to meet Dednam in the parking lot of the Exxon. The affidavit states Dednam and Woodson spoke to each other, and Dednam began shooting at Woodson.

Detective Dane Pedersen wrote in the affidavit that police confirmed that account of the shooting through surveillance footage taken at the gas station.

Dednam was arrested Wednesday afternoon. He faces additional charges of fleeing, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said Dednam led U.S. marshals, Little Rock police and North Little Rock police on a high-speed vehicle chase before being arrested. He drove off the road several times and nearly struck several vehicles before he crashed in the area of 1807 S. Elm St. in Little Rock, an arrest report states.

Dednam was arrested after a short foot chase, according to police. Officers reported he had $3,874 cash, about a half-ounce of marijuana, a digital scale and plastic baggies in his possession.

Dednam was last known to reside at 1818 W. 36th St. in North Little Rock. He remained in the Pulaski County jail late Thursday.

Woodson's killing is the 14th homicide of the year in North Little Rock.

Metro on 10/02/2015