Attorneys representing a pair of twins facing manslaughter charges following the December shooting death of 18-year-old Tyreke Summage are asking for more time to review the cases against the brothers.
Robert and Rodrick Thornton, both 25, each face manslaughter, possession of firearms by certain persons as well as aggravated assault charges for their alleged involvement in Summage’s Dec. 27 shooting death.
In a brief hearing before Circuit Judge Troy B. Braswell Jr., defense attorney Lynn Plemmons, who represents Rodrick, said he needed more time to review the evidence filed against his client.
Plemmons said there is a “rather substantial” about of documents and other evidence to review but that he looks to either negotiate a deal by the next court hearing or move to set a trial date.
Defense attorney Will Shelton Jr., who represents Robert, said he was “in the same boat” as Rodrick and Plemmons.
The investigation into Summage’s death began after he was dropped off with a gunshot wound at Conway Regional Medical Center on Dec. 27, where he was later pronounced dead. Earlier that day, police also responded to a shots-fired call at the Plaza Pointe apartment complex at 2400 Market Plaza Drive in Conway.
Online records show the shots-fired call came in around 4:26 a.m.
Authorities received two separate calls on the morning in question from Plaza Pointe residents. One caller said they heard two or three shots, while the second reported hearing around 10 gunshots.
As heavy rains poured from the sky that morning, police began questioning residents at the apartment complex and learned one couple “heard several shots that sounded like firecrackers” before looking out a window to see a black man getting into a red four-door car, according to the felony probable cause affidavit.
Officers were alerted just before 5 a.m. Dec. 27 that Summage was dropped off at the Conway Regional Medical center by individuals driving a red Toyota Camry. Summage suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen that hospital staff was unable to revive him from.
Detectives believe others were also involved in the incident. The Thorntons face charges because Summage, who was their alleged accomplice, was killed during the commission of another crime, authorities previously told the Log Cabin Democrat.
The brothers are scheduled to appear next at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing. At that point, if no agreements have been made, Braswell said trial dates will need to be set.