Bond Hearings Disclaimer: The following individual(s) appeared in felony bond hearings that were held at the Pope County Detention Center and have been accused of a felony crime. All information included in this story was obtained through testimony and/or police reports provided in the hearing. The charge(s) they have been accused of are anticipated charges and probable cause must be determined in order for the suspect to be held and issued a bond amount. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Three suspects are being held on bonds after a shooting occurred in the Atkins on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
On July 31, deputies with the Pope County Sheriff's Office and officers with the Atkins Police Department responded to a residence located on Avenue 5 SW on a report of a shooting.
Upon the arrival of law enforcement, they made contact with a female who stated that her boyfriend had been shot and was located just inside the residence. Officers entered the residence and located the victim that had sustained a gunshot wound to his right leg. The injury required an emergency tourniquet application to be administered on scene in order to keep the victim from continuing to bleed.
Once Pope County EMS personnel arrived on scene, the victim was removed from the residence and prepared to be transported for urgent medical treatment. After the victim was transported, the residence was secured and held as a crime scene as a search warrant for the residence was prepared and signed by a judge.
Once the search warrant was obtained, it was executed at the residence. Investigators processed the crime scene in which a video surveillance system was discovered. The surveillance system provided investigators with digital evidence of the crime and as a result, still photos of the incident were obtained. The photos showed a clear images of at least two of the suspects. Investigators then released to the photos to the public asking for assistance in identifying the suspects.
The photos were shared by the media and across social media sites and information was obtained through the release.
After sharing the photos and information, two suspects were identified and arrested in the case, Nathan Levi Campbell, 25 and Anna Melody Spencer, 30.
The two appeared in felony bond hearings where Campbell was charged with Battery in the First Degree, Aggravated Robbery, Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons and a Parole Violation and Spencer was charged with Battery in the First Degree and Aggravated Robbery. Bonds were set for both Campbell and Spencer in the amount of $300,000.
Following the two arrests, Dustin Seth Davenport, 29 of West Helena was identified as the third suspect in the shooting and was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals at a residence in Houston, Arkansas (Perry County) on August 5, 2019. Davenport appeared in a felony bond hearing on Wednesday, August 8 before District Court Judge Don Bourne facing the charges of Battery in the First Degree, Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons, Aggravated Robbery and a Parole Violation.
After determining probable cause in holding Davenport on the charges, Judge Bourne asked Fifth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Phillips for the State's bond recommendation.
Phillips stated, "Judge, I spoke with the elected prosecutor in eastern Arkansas and he advised that Mr. Davenport is currently awaiting trial on a murder case. The co-defendant in the case has gone to trial and was found guilty, receiving 60 years in the penitentiary." Phillips continued, "Davenport was out because they had not gone to trial in nine months so they had to let him loose. The State is asking for a $400,000 bond."
The judge then stated, "Mr. Davenport, the prosecutor says your bond should be $400,000. Do you have anything to say about bond?" Davenport replied, "No sir, I ain't even tripping."
At that time, Judge Bourne ordered the bond for $400,000 as recommended by the State.
Campbell, Spencer and Davenport remain in custody at the Pope County Detention Center and will appear in a plea arraignment hearing in Pope County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. on September 9, 2019.
Pope County Sheriff Shane Jones would like to express his appreciation for all the leads and tips called in by the public, aiding in the arrest of Campbell, Spencer and Davenport. The sheriff also would also like to thank the U.S. Marshal Service for apprehending this dangerous individual.
At this time, the victim continues to recover from the injury he sustained.