An attempted capital murder charge has been filed against the man police say is responsible for a Saturday night shooting at a Walmart in north Conway.
That charge, along with charges of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver were filed against Myron Terrell, 29, in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday morning. A firearm enhancement will also be added to Terrell’s charges.
Terrell appeared, via video feed, before Faulkner County District Court Judge Susan Weaver on Monday afternoon for his first appearance where his bond was set at $1 million. Conditions of the bond also include a no-contact order with the victim and an ankle monitor.
Weaver also granted the defendant’s request for a public defender. His arraignment was set for Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. before Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio.
Terrell, who police say was a store employee, was arrested hours after the Walmart shooting, which left one woman injured.
Police responded to the shooting in the 1100 block of Skyline Drive around 9:57 p.m. According to the prosecutor’s affidavit, a Conway officer previously responded to an unrelated shoplifting call and was in her police vehicle when she encountered several patrons run from the store and claim a shooting occurred.
Officers found the victim, identified as 42-year-old Lori Martin, surrounded by blood and shell casings on the floor near the front of the store. The victim’s husband said the man ran toward his wife and fired several shots at her with what he described as a black pistol, the affidavit states.
Multiple witnesses were able to corroborate the husband’s account. One witness told police the male had a "smirk" on his face; another witness told officers the male smiled at the victim before walking off, the affidavit states.
Through video surveillance, police learned the suspect entered the store’s south entrance around 9:54 p.m., and "began walking down different aisles around the store" and seemed to be looking for someone. Police said the suspect was in the area of checkout aisle 9 and 10 when "he turned slightly to his left" and walked toward checkout aisle 7, according to the affidavit.
"He walked straight toward a white female, Lori Martin, who was standing in line 7," the affidavit states. "He produced a handgun from his waistband area, pointed it at Mrs. Martin and began firing multiple rounds from the weapon."
Police said the suspect then fled to a vehicle in the parking lot. Further investigation into the video surveillance showed the vehicle was parked in the same spot since around 1 p.m.
Video surveillance showed the suspect previously entered the store, went to the customer service area and returned an item, the affidavit states. This revelation, along with witness and employee statements, helped police learn the identity of the suspect.
Terrell was taken into custody outside his apartment in the 1800 block of Hogan Lane around 2:05 a.m. Sunday.
According to the affidavit, Terrell admitted to the shooting while being interrogated by investigators. Terrell claimed he felt threatened by the victim and was tormented by her his entire life.
"He could not give any facts to corroborate his claim as to how he was threatened or how he was being harassed," the affidavit states.
"Looking at video and talking to people led detectives to believe [the victim] was targeted, but no evidence leads to them knowing each other," Conway police spokesperson La Tresha Woodruff told the Log Cabin Democrat on Sunday.
Hours after his arrest, detectives obtained a search warrant and executed it at Terrell’s apartment, which yielded the discovery of a silver and black Ruger LC 9mm, one loaded magazine and "two large plastic vacuum-sealed bags containing a green leafy substance," according to the affidavit. Two smaller plastic bags of the same green leafy substance and two digital scales were also found in the apartment, the affidavit states. One 9mm shell casing was also found in Terrell’s vehicle.
The victim was transported to the Conway Regional Medical Center where she underwent surgery. According to the affidavit, the surgeon indicated Martin suffered injuries to her abdominal region and calf. The surgeon also indicated the victim had three "projectiles" lodged in her body, including one in her upper back, which resulted from a gunshot wound to her chest.
Woodruff said Sunday that at last check, Martin was in critical but stable condition. A Conway Regional Medical Center employee confirmed Monday afternoon that Martin was still in the hospital’s Critical Care Unit.
(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan.)