Circuit Judge Don Glover on Monday set a $500,000 bond for a man suspected in the Saturday night shooting death of a Dumas teen and the serious injury of another.
Todd Thompson, 21, of Dumas was arrested Sunday after making arrangements to turn himself in to State Police. He is alleged to have fired gunshots, one striking 17-year-old Jeffery Morgan and another striking 18-year-old Kace Nelson, following a verbal altercation.
“A group of young men were walking down the street and were approached by Todd Thompson, who (allegedly) exited his car with a gun after words were exchanged between them. Morgan and Nelson ran from Thompson who (allegedly) fired several gunshots, striking each teen once,” according to a news release from the Dumas Police Department.
Dumas police were notified Saturday at 9:35 p.m. of gunshots in the area of West Waterman and Peach streets. Prior to police arrival, a motorist picked up two wounded teenagers in the area and transported them to a local hospital, according to State Police spokesman Bill Sadler.
Morgan was pronounced dead at the local hospital while Nelson was transported to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Nelson was last reported to be in serious condition, Sadler said.
Thompson likely will be charged with first-degree murder and first-degree battery.
At Thompson’s first-appearance hearing on Monday, Judge Glover set Thompson’s bond at $500,000. Glover did not appoint a defense attorney since Thompson said his family would provide one.