Almost 16 months after three men were found shot — one fatally — within a block of each other in North Little Rock, the two survivors face off in Pulaski County Circuit Court today.
Roy Lee Boles Jr., 22, is accused of killing 19-year-old Jevon Tyrell Shearer and wounding 26-year-old Ronald Bernard Cash Jr. in February 2016, after setting them up for an armed robbery under the pretense of buying marijuana from Shearer.
Shearer was dead and Cash had been shot in the hip when police, called to investigate reports of a shooting, found the men in the road next to a still-running black Chevrolet Trailblazer at the intersection of Parker and West 20th streets. Cash was able to tell police that they’d been shot by a man named Roy.
Almost simultaneously, officers located Boles about a block away near 18th and Division streets, also wounded by gunfire. Boles told police he’d been shot while taking a walk and didn’t know why he’d been shot or who was behind it.
Arrested about six weeks later, Boles is charged with capital murder, aggravated robbery, first-degree battery and aggravated assault, with prosecutors seeking a life sentence. Proceedings before Judge Chris Piazza resume at 10:30 a.m. today, with Cash expected to testify during the day’s proceedings.
The nine women and three men on the jury have already heard testimony that Cash was able to tell police that the assailant was a man he knew as Roy.
Deputy prosecutor Robbie Jones said Boles had contacted Shearer to buy some marijuana, but when Shearer and Cash showed up to complete the sale, Boles said he’d changed his mind. But he persuaded the two men to give him a ride