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A vape shop employee who fatally shot a man during a September armed robbery at the shop in Goobertown will not face criminal charges, a prosecutor said.

Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said in a Wednesday letter to the Craighead County sheriff that a grand jury returned a decision of "no true bill" on Dec. 12 against the unnamed clerk who shot and killed Billy Carl Raines, 25, on Sept. 20 during a robbery.

“No True Bill is a legal procedure to dismiss charges against a defendant when the grand jury does not find enough evidence to charge the defendant with violating a criminal law,” Ellington wrote.

Craighead County sheriff's office investigators Ron Richardson and Charles Garr gave "extensive testimony" at the grand jury's session, Ellington said.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Garr was called to Emerald’s Triangle LLC, a vape shop in Goobertown, on Sept. 20 and was told that Raines had been killed by a worker at the store and that his girlfriend, Kory Taylor Kampmeyer, 25, of Bassett, was in custody.

Investigators said Raines brandished a weapon when he went inside the store and a shootout between him and the clerk ensued. Raines was struck and died in the parking lot, a report states.

"Kory said they were broke and needed money," Garr wrote in an affidavit.

Kampmeyer is accused of acting as the lookout in the armed robbery in Goobertown.

Garr said when he asked Kampmeyer if she was the lookout, she replied, “I guess.”

Kampmeyer was charged with aggravated robbery, a Class Y felony, according to court documents.


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Archived Comments

  • Libertarian
    December 20, 2018 at 2:01 p.m.

    It was reported back in Sept that the clerk would not face charges. Why did this go to a grand jury?

  • MaxCady
    December 20, 2018 at 5:03 p.m.

    Billy Carl should have known that smoking was bad for your health.

  • Nodmcm
    December 20, 2018 at 8:07 p.m.

    Working at a vape store might not be the most respectable job, Libertarian.

  • Jfish
    December 21, 2018 at 8:12 a.m.

    Good question Libertarian. Anyway, a good example of a good guy with a gun. Hopefully Kampmeyer will get to spend a few years in prison and think about how she assisted in getting her boyfriend killed. I wonder if these two ever thought that getting jobs would have been the better option?

  • MaxCady
    December 21, 2018 at 11:58 a.m.

    Goobertown, that just kills me!!