A 42-year-old Conway man accused in the shooting that occurred at Kings Inn on Oak Street in September pleaded not guilty in circuit court Monday.

Stanley Waters is currently being held in the county jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond on suspicion of aggravated robbery, first-degree battery and possession of a firearm by certain persons.

Waters stood in shackles before Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Clawson Jr. on Monday and pleaded not guilty to the aforementioned charges.

"He understands what he's been charged with," Karen Walkner-Knight, who filled in for Waters' attorney Otto Fry on Monday, said on Waters' behalf. "At this point, we'll waive the formal reading [of the charges] and enter a plea of not guilty."

Waters requested Clawson consider reducing his $100,000 bond. Because Waters is also being held on a parole violation, Clawson said he would not consider lowering Waters' bond at this time.

Background

Police began investigating a shooting incident after responding to a shots fired call shortly after 11 p.m. Sept. 27 at Kings Inn Motel.

"When officers got to the scene, they located shell casings," Conway Police Department spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said. "Officers later learned that three people showed up at the hospital, all suffering from gunshot wounds."

Nineteen-year-old Carterus Toney, 20-year-old Chaunsen McCuin and Waters were each treated for gunshot wounds at local hospitals that night.

While responding to Conway Regional Medical Center, where two of the victims were taken, investigators located a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle witnesses described fleeing the scene immediately after hearing gunshots.

The black Kia Sportage "had several bullet holes in it," according to a probable cause affidavit.

One of the responding officers noted "she could see in plain view several shell casings as well as what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol in the center console."

"Officers at the scene learned from the driver of the vehicle, Kenyada Boyd, that the shooting had taken place inside the vehicle," according to the warrant requesting to search the vehicle.

Detectives searched the vehicle after obtaining the search warrant and extracted six .40 caliber shell casings and one bullet among other pieces of evidence from the vehicle.

"In plain view, officers noticed multiple bullet holes in the seats and doors of the vehicle, two broken windows, blood in one of the seats, and multiple shell casings in the vehicle," the affidavit states.

Shell casings were extracted from the back passenger seat and door pocket as well as from below and underneath the front passenger set. A fifth casing was extracted from underneath the driver's floorboard.

According to the affidavit, detectives found a bullet inside the driver's side back passenger door panel and a black and silver Taurus pt140 Pro. Detectives swabbed the handgun for traces of DNA.

Investigators were able to get more information from Boyd on the events that led up to the shooting in the Conway Regional parking lot on the night in question.

As they spoke in the parking lot, one CPD officer pointed over to Boyd's vehicle, noting "there was glass that appeared to be from the broken window of his vehicle in the parking lot of Kings Inn."

"I asked him how the glass got there if everything happened at the stop sign," the officer stated in his report, noting Boyd initially told police the confrontation didn't occur at Kings Inn but instead at the intersection of Gum and Oak streets. "Boyd admitted he was lying about things happening at the stop sign. Boyd stated they had stopped at Kings Inn to speak with the people he mentioned before. He stated he had a bad feeling about it and knew better than to stop."

Boyd said he, Toney and McCuien had met up with Waters at Kings Inn when Waters threatened them.

"Boyd stated they were all just talking when suddenly one of them [Waters] pulled out a pistol and said, 'There's going to be a killing or a robbery tonight,'" according to the officer's report.

Waters was charged in connection to the incident in October.

He is set to appear next in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. March 6.