On Sunday, June 21, 2015 hrs, Precinct 3 Officers responded to the 200 block of Pin Oak in reference to a shooting with intent. Upon arrival it was learned that a subject identified as Justin Williams (20yr b/m) suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was pronounced deceased at UMMC.
During the course of the investigation it was learned that the victim was talking to other individuals when a silver vehicle approached their location. At that time, two unidentified black males displayed handguns and started firing shots in the direction of the victim. The victim was then struck multiple times as he attempted to flee the area.Watts pleaded guilty last year to a felon in possession of a firearm on August 26, 2014. He was previously convicted in Scott County of drug possession. He was indicted by a Hinds County grand jury in August 2012. He didn't appear in court in January 2013. Where was he in January 2013? Committing armed robbery in Fayeteville, Arkansas. KXNW reported at that time:
Robbery/Homicide Detectives conducted an investigation and identified the driver and the alleged shooter in this incident as Kendravious Eldridge. The investigation also identified the passenger and the second alleged shooter as LaDerrick Watts.
On Monday, June 22, 2015, Kendravious Eldridge and LaDerrick Watts were arrested and charged with Murder.
Police said Crudup and Smith knocked on the door of a home at 1791 N. Pine Crest Ave. in Fayetteville and asked to use a phone because their vehicle was broken down. While using the phone, there was another knock at the door, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.
When a homeowner answered the door, he saw two black men with their faces covered. The men tried to force their way into the home while one of them brandished a handgun, the preliminary report states.
The alleged victim forced the door closed and called police. The suspects who had been trying to gain entry fled the scene and were later arrested, police said.
When officers responded, they saw Buchanan arrive to pick up Crudup and Smith. Buchanan and Smith told police they planned to rob the house and steal marijuana. They identified the two men who tried to break in, allowing police to track them down, according to the preliminary report.
Police confiscated DNA, ammunition, closed-circuit television surveillance, marijuana and a safe, the report states. Article.
JJ contacted the office of the Washington County (AR) prosecutor but has not been able to obtain any information about his conviction. Watts filed lawsuits in federal court against the prosecutor and arresting officer that were dismissed. Federal court documents state he was incarcerated in Arkansas for an armed robbery arrest and was later transferred to the Raymond Detention Center but do not provide any other information about the progress of his case.
Watts pleaded guilty to the crime of convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Circuit Judge Jeff Weill sentenced him to five years in prison but suspended 4 years and six months of the sentenced and ordered him released from the detention center as he gave him credit for time served. Here is a December 2014 Facebook photo of our serial felon: