Sonora woman, 35, jailed af­ter shoot­ing

No for­mal charges have been filed

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - BILL BOW­DEN

A Sonora woman told po­lice she shot Gary Dean John­son, 63, of Hindsville be­cause he wouldn’t let her leave his camper trailer, ac­cord­ing to a prob­a­ble-cause re­port.

Candy Sue Ge­orge, 35, was ar­rested at a Fayet­teville sand­wich shop in con­nec­tion with the June 26 homi­cide. She has yet to be for­mally charged in the case.

Prose­cu­tor Matthew Dur­rett said he’s still wait­ing for the Arkansas State Po­lice to com­plete its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the case.

Ac­cord­ing to the pre­lim­i­nary prob­a­ble-cause re­port from James Brett Pritchard, a spe­cial agent with the state po­lice, Ge­orge “con­fessed” to shoot­ing John­son.

Ge­orge and John­son had an ar­gu­ment and both agreed she should go to her mother’s house, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. But then, when she tried to leave, John­son pinned her down and sex­u­ally abused her, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The sec­ond time she tried to leave, John­son moved to­ward her.

“She picked up a gun and fired at John­son,” ac­cord­ing to the re­port. “Ge­orge thinks

she missed him with that shot. John­son came on to­wards Ge­orge, and Ge­orge fired again and John­son went to the floor.”

Ge­orge left, go­ing first to a Spring­dale mo­tel and then to a Fayet­teville mo­tel.

Ge­orge was in the Wash­ing­ton County jail on Wednes­day with no bail set. The jail ros­ter lists her with an ad­dress in the com­mu­nity of Sonora, east of Spring­dale. The pre­lim­i­nary prob­a­ble-cause re­port listed her as liv­ing with John­son.


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