Bond Set For Three Juvenile Suspects In UAFS Student’s Shooting Death

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A judge set a cash bond of $500,000 Wednesday (Feb. 3) for three juvenile suspects arrested in connection to the shooting death of a University of Arkansas-Fort Smith student.

Shakur Sharp, 16, James Sharp, 15, and Dionte Parks, 16, have been charged as adults with first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated robbery and kidnapping, according to Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Shue.

All three pleaded not guilty Wednesday and have not yet been given their next court date.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the suspects broke into Kaleb Watson’s, 22, house on Windsor Drive, tied him up and demanded to know where any valuable items might be.

Watson pointed out where his wallet and phone were and shortly after escaped his restraints, the affidavit states. While struggling with an intruder, Watson was shot multiple times and the intruders fled, according to the affidavit.

Witnesses told investigators Shakur Sharp admitted he and the two other suspects broke into Watson’s home and he was the one who shot Watson, the affidavit states. James Sharp admitted to plotting and participating in the crime, according to the affidavit. Parks admitted to providing a tote bag and shoelaces to the Sharps, and also to ringing the front door bell so the other two could enter the house around the back, the affidavit states.

Shakur Sharp was taken into custody at a family member’s home in Little Rock, James Sharp was taken into custody at a family member’s home in North Little Rock, and Parks was taken into custody after coming to the Fort Smith Police Station to tell investigators he had vital information regarding the crime, according to police.

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