Little Rock's 42nd homicide occurs in fight over child | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Little Rock's 42nd homicide occurs in fight over child

Posted By on Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 4:32 PM

click to enlarge MICHAEL MITCHELL: Charged with murder.
  • MICHAEL MITCHELL: Charged with murder.
Troy Holmes, 37, was fatally shot about 11 p.m. Saturday in his home at 7213 Stevenson Drive in a dispute related to custody of an infant. It was the 42nd Little Rock homicide of the year.

According to police, Shenell Holmes said two women came to her house with two men and one of the women said she was there for her child, an infant. After Troy Holmes went outside to tell them to leave, she heard gunshots. He came back into the house wounded and collapsed on the floor. Shenell Holmes began fighting with the child's putative mother, who came inside. One of the men hit Holmes on the head with a pistol in pulling her away.

During the dispute, a 14-year-old daughter of Shenell Holmes was shot in both legs, with a bullet passing through each thigh. She was treated and released from a hospital.

The four intruders fled. They attempted to take the child with them, but a resident of the home regained custody of the child. The child wasn't hurt. Witnesses provided information about the suspects that led to the eventual arrest of Michael Mitchell, 18, on charges of murder and battery. The search for other suspects continues.

In a related incident after the shooting, police talked to a man at a Walmart after a report of a suspect running through the store with a baseball bat. The man, Roderick Gulley, told officers that the woman who'd gone to the Holmes' house seeking a child was the mother of his child. Gulley and the woman had been in a disturbance at the Holmes house about two hours earlier. He said he ran from her when she pulled up in the Walmart parking lot with her sister and men matching the description given of those who'd been at the Holmes' house during the shooting. He ran after he heard the man say on a cell phone, "Do you want me to get him now?"

In the earlier disturbance, Gulley said he was with his daughter and had asked the child's mother if she could spend the night with him because she was to be leaving with her mother for California on Sunday. The mother objected. He thought they'd worked out an agreement, but when she came to the house to pick up some belongings, he said she pulled a knife and tried to take the child. Gulley said he eventually made her put the knife away and leave without the child. Police advised Gulley at that point if she came back "to lock the doors and call 911."

Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Another anti-abortion law blocked in court

    CNN reports that a federal judge in Texas has stopped enforcement of a state law aimed at outlawing the most common second-term abortion procedure. A federal judge had earlier enjoined an Arkansas version of the law.
    • Nov 24, 2017
  • Anybody around?

    The Thanksgiving open line.
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • Turkeys rescued in Yellville enjoy their Thanksgiving

    Farm Sanctuary, an animal protection organization, sends word that four turkeys rescued from the Yellville Turkey Trot after the annual drops from buildings and an airplane will enjoy Thanksgiving in friendlier places
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016
  • Antwan Phillips wants to make a difference in reducing Little Rock violence

    KARK/Fox 16's push to do something about Little Rock violence includes a spotlight on people trying to make a difference — in this episode Antwan Phillips, a lawyer at Wright, Lindsey and Jennings.
    • Aug 30, 2017
  • Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

    Betsey Wright, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was Arkansas governor, responds bitterly to a New York Times article today quoting Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's warm words about Clinton. She can't forget the lives Starr ruined in Arkansas.
    • May 24, 2016

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Anybody around?

    • Great story deadseasquirrel! I haven't heard the NPR version. As someone who grew up during…

    • on November 24, 2017
  • Re: Anybody around?

    • NVR, have you heard arlo's performance of Alice's Restaurant that was on npr some thanksgiving,…

    • on November 24, 2017
  • Re: Anybody around?

    • Max and friends please listen to first two hours of this- November 20, 2017. Dane…

    • on November 24, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation