A suspect in a live-streamed shooting in Fort Smith has pleaded not guilty to his charges from the alleged incident.
Sebastian County court authorities on Wednesday gave Julius Taylor Jeffries a $50,000 cash-only bond for his felony first-degree battery and felon in possession of a firearm charges in the case. Jeffries on Feb. 9 allegedly filmed himself shooting another man with a shotgun at Harley A. Wilson Memorial Park, according to records.
Jeffries around 5 p.m. Feb. 9 allegedly argued with the man at the park before shooting him and after driving around the north side of Fort Smith looking for him. Jeffries' live feed shows him getting out of his car, calling the man a snitch and getting increasingly angry, according to the probable cause affidavit.
He then shot the man in the groin and stomach areas with the shotgun, the affidavit states.
The man who was allegedly shot told authorities Jeffries was the suspect. Jeffries was arrested in Midwest City that night, according to Fort Smith police.
The alleged victim was in stable condition the following day, the affidavit states.
Fort Smith police have seized the two Facebook Live recordings from the alleged shooting for their investigation into the incident. Five people in the park also witnessed the incident, the affidavit states.
Jeffries also has a United States Marshals hold while in custody at the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center, prosecutors mentioned during Jeffries' arraignment Wednesday morning.
"Even if you make bond, it'll be pretty hard to get out," Circuit Judge J. Michael Fitzhugh told Jeffries during the arraignment.
Fitzhugh at the arraignment did not specify a trial date for Jeffries.
First-degree battery and felon in possession of a firearm are both punishable by up to 20 years in prison in Arkansas.