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Murder suspect in custody

Murder suspect in custody


Arrest made in first West Memphis homicide of 2020 By the Evening Times News Staff



Once again, West Memphis police detectives have solved a homicide — the first this year — charging 34-year-old Freddie Atkins of West Memphis, with the Feb. 1 shooting of Quindarius Wright while attending an after funeral event at 1105 Ferguson St., Assistant Police Chief

Robert Langston said.

Langston said Atkins was taken into custody Monday on a warrant from the U.S. Marshal Service. He was later interviewed by West Memphis detectives. “This murder suspect was out of jail on a pre-trial release on federal drug charges at the time of the Feb. 1 Saturday night murder,” Langston said.

Wright was attending repast after a family funeral earlier Saturday at the Ferguson Street address when he was fatally shot shortly before 9:30 p.m., while sitting in the back seat of a Cadillac parked in front of the residence.

Langston said when officers responded to shots fired at the residence they located Wright bleeding profusely. West Memphis EMS transported Wright to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis where he was pronounced dead.

“Many of the family and friends attending the gathering were still present when officers arrived allowing detectives to question those who may have seen who shot Wright. The shooting appeared the result of an altercation between Wright and Atkins,” Langston said.

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