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Little Rock police officers arrested a third suspect Thursday in a fatal October shooting in an apartment driveway, a media release said.

Darrius Davon Holmes, 25, was arrested on first-degree murder charges Thursday in the death of 32-year-old Levon Sales Jr., who was fatally shot on Oct. 12 in the driveway of Oakridge Apartments, police spokesman Officer Eric Barnes said.

Holmes also faces charges of possession of firearms by certain persons and tampering with physical evidence, according to the release. Officers arrested Holmes near Spanish Jon Apartments at 5001 W. 65th St.

Holmes has been ineligible to carry firearms since his first felony conviction at the age of 16 on a robbery charge, according to court documents. Holmes negotiated a second guilty plea in 2016 to robbery and second-degree battery charges stemming from a September 2013 incident.

The shooting came just months after Holmes told police he was shot in the back twice during an attempted robbery in June, according to previous reports.

Holmes is the third person arrested in Sales' death. Officers arrested Kenneth Wilson, 18, on a charge of first-degree murder after he turned himself in on Nov. 1 and Jacquelynn Jones, 23, on a charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution in December.

Sales had already died when Little Rock police arrived just after 1:30 a.m. at Oakridge Apartments, and neighbors at the time said his body lay on the black-top pavement near the complex's entry for hours.

After his arrest, Wilson told investigators that he'd only intended to scare Sales with a handgun when he'd pulled up to the apartment, according to an arrest report. Sales had slapped Wilson in a video that was later posted to social media, the teenager told police.

Instead, Wilson said Sales grabbed the gun in his hand, and a second person in the vehicle shot Sales, the report said.

Barnes could not immediately confirm whether Holmes was the second person in the car with Wilson Thursday evening.

No details on Jones' role in the homicide were made publicly available. But the state's definition of hindering apprehension is harboring or concealing a suspect, providing a wanted person with money or means of avoiding arrest, lying to police to protect a suspect, warning a suspect of police activity or otherwise distracting officers from the course of the investigation.

Metro on 04/05/2019

Print Headline: 3rd arrest made in fatal shooting in Little Rock driveway


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