La­mar man, 33, held in slay­ing charged

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

A John­son County man awaits ar­raign­ment af­ter be­ing charged with first-de­gree mur­der in the shoot­ing death of an­other man in May.

Billy Don Martin Jr., 33, of La­mar was be­ing held in the John­son County jail in lieu of $250,000 bond af­ter be­ing charged last week with first-de­gree mur­der in the death of 38-year-old Don­ald Skid­more.

An ar­raign­ment date wasn’t listed in John­son County Cir­cuit Court on­line records.

A news re­lease from the John­son County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said a sher­iff’s deputy was dis­patched about 1 a.m. May 26 to 235 Pri­vate Road 3555 out­side Clarksville on a re­port of a shoot­ing. A prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit said Martin told the dis­patcher he had killed some­one.

In the af­fi­davit, sher­iff’s Deputy Chris Brown­low said that when he ar­rived, he asked Martin where the in­jured per­son was lo­cated.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, Martin pointed to­ward the home where Skid­more lived and said, “I shot him in the head and pulled him out­side.”

Brown­low wrote that af­ter hand­cuff­ing Martin, he found Skid­more’s body on the ground with blood on his face.

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