Multiple surveillance videos were released Monday by the Conway Police Department. Some of the videos are extremely graphic and should not be viewed if you are easily offended.
This video shows Waller, Childress arriving at police department.
This video shows the shooting incident in the parking lot.
This video shows Waller surrendering to police in the police department lobby.
This video from CPD Records shows Waller surrendering to police.
By STEPHANIE FISCHER
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER
Cortez Waller has been charged with first degree murder and aggravated assault following Thursday’s fatal shooting of Christopher Childress outside the Conway Police Department, 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden said.
Officials charges were filed Monday in Faulkner County Circuit Court.
Waller posted a bond of $22,500 before Monday’s scheduled first appearance before Circuit Judge David Reynolds.
Murder I is a Class Y felony. If convicted, Waller could face 10-40 years or up to life in prison. A conviction on the aggravated assault charge, a Class D Felony, could result in up to six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction, Vaden said.
Waller allegedly shot and killed Childress Thursday after a disturbance in the police station’s Front Street parking lot. According to Conway Police Department Public Information Officer Chris Harris, Childress followed Waller to the police department in his vehicle after the two crossed paths in town. Waller allegedly went to the police department to report an unrelated theft.
Following a confrontation between the two men, four shots were fired, and Childress was transported to Conway Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.
Waller turned himself into police immediately following the incident.
Harris said Waller and Childress’ fiancee, DeRanda Carter, recently had a relationship, but officials were getting conflicting information on when the relationship ended.
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