Teen Suspects In Blow Dart Shootings Plead Not Guilty
The Rogers teenagers accused in a pair of September blow dart attacks pleaded not guilty to all charges Tuesday in Benton County Circuit Court, according to Judge Jon Comstock’s office.
William Goines, 17, and Jeremy Robert Hendrix, 18, face three counts of battery and two counts of second-degree assault. Their next court date is scheduled for Dec. 13 in Comstock’s courtroom. Goines is being charged as an adult.
Goines and Hendrix were arrested Oct. 1 in connection with instances of local women being shot with darts in parking lots.
The investigation led officers to Hendrix’s residence on West Beechwood Drive in Rogers. Investigators searched both Hendrix’s and the teen’s homes and found evidence, including a blow gun, connecting them to the incidents, police said.
On Sept. 21, a 19-year-old woman reported she had been hit in the neck with a dart in a local shopping center parking lot. Five days later, another woman told police she had been hit in the back with a dart.
Hendrix and Goines are also accused of shooting a man with a paintball pellet from a moving vehicle on Sept. 13, according to police.
Goines remains in the Benton County Jail on $30,000 bond. Hendrix was released from jail Oct. 3 on $30,000 bond.