The mother of a teenage murder suspect told a Pulaski County Circuit judge that she does not remember talking about the killing with her 17-year-old son.
Police say Anthony Fredrick “Lil June” Williams of Little Rock has admitted to shooting Tyrone Leon Barnett, 19, of North Little Rock two days before Christmas.
Citing an interview with the teen after his arrest, North Little Rock Detective Dane Pedersen told Pulaski County Circuit Judge Herb Wright that Williams’ mother picked him up from the area and drove him home after the shooting.
The detective testified Tuesday that Williams also told police that he discussed what he had done and why with his parents.
“He did tell me that he talked to his mother and dad about what happened and they talked about it all day,” Pedersen said.
But when Pedersen arrested Williams at the family home about two weeks after Barnett was killed, the boy’s parents told him they didn’t know why their son was being arrested, the detective said.
Williams is petitioning the judge to transfer his first-degree murder case to juvenile court, where his family and supporters say he can access the rehabilitative programs he needs to address problems with substance abuse and emotional issues.
Wright is considering the request and said after Tuesday’s juvenile-transfer hearing that he will decide in the coming days.
Natilie Nicole Johnson, 38, of Little Rock told the judge that she and her husband only learned their son is accused of murder when police arrested him on Jan. 5.
Prosecutors asked Johnson three separate times whether her son had told her he had shot someone. Each time, Johnson said she doesn’t remember him talking about that.
“I don’t recall him telling us,” Johnson testified.