Homicide

The three remaining men charged with capital murder on the campus of Southern Arkansas University on August 11 signed waiver arraignments Thursday and entered pleas of “not guilty.”

Their attorneys also continue to seek bond for the accused.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Phillips said there was no concern about the ability to provide speedy trials.

Four men in total are accused of the shooting death of SAU student Joshua Keshun Smith, 21, of Sparkman. They have remained in jail since being arrested in August for the shooting. Another SAU student was also shot.

“We are still early on at this point,” Phillips said.

Also Thursday, Phillips said the gag order which had previously prevented anyone from talking about the case has been lifted, and that court records regarding the proceedings will soon be available to the public.

Le’Kamerian “Kam” Tolbert, 21, of Little Rock appeared in court along with Quincy Isiah Lewis, of Little Rock, who turns 20 on Tuesday. They both will be returning to court on January 7. Tolbert and Lewis are half-brothers.

Shivonn “Shakey” Robinson of Vacherie, La., was making his appearance the day after his 20th birthday. Robinson will be back in court on December 17.

Lewis’ attorney is Jeff Harrelson of TexARKana. Harrelson said he would be making a written motion to discuss bond for his client. A bond hearing would include friends and family on the stand to provide character witnesses for the men charged.

“We do need to see about doing that and depending on the witnesses, it could be done in a Zoom hearing to give us more flexibility,” Circuit Court Judge David Talley said.

COVID-19 precautions were taken in the courtroom as family members of each man were brought in separately when the defendants were in to the courtroom at the Justice and Detention Facility on Rawhide Road.

Tolbert is being represented by attorneys Toney Brasuell and Robby Golden of Little Rock.

“There are several time negotiations going on and discovery will be added this week,” Golden told the judge. “I also will file a motion for bond.”

Robinson is being represented by Katherine Streett, a lawyer for the Arkansas Public Defender Commission. Streett has defended many capital cases in Columbia County.

Odies Wilson IV, 21, appeared on November 5 with his attorney, Ronald Davis of Little Rock.

On that day, Phillips said the death penalty was not off the table for the accused.

Wilson, Tolbert and Robinson were SAU students at the time of the shooting. Lewis was not a student.

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