A Jefferson County man accused in the shooting death of another man told sheriff’s deputies the victim told him to do it, investigators said in a probable-cause affidavit.
“I told him to leave and he refused and said ‘shoot me’ and I did,” Billy Nutt, 75, said during two different interviews with sheriff’s investigators Thursday, according to the affidavit.
Nutt is accused of shooting Tabius Love, 23, who was identified as the boyfriend of Nutt’s granddaughter Misty Nutt, after Love and Misty Nutt were involved in an alleged altercation at 13406 Cornerstone Road in the Altheimer area. Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Eric Belcher pronounced Love dead at the scene and listed the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the upper body.
The body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office at Little Rock for an autopsy.
During a court hearing for Nutt on Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said dispatchers at the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Association received a call from a dispatcher in Lincoln County asking if they had been notified of a shooting in the Cornerstone area.
Sheriff’s Investigator John Bean said in a probable-cause affidavit that the Lincoln County dispatcher also provided Jefferson County with the number the call was received from and when a Jefferson County dispatcher called that number, a man who identified himself as Billy Nutt answered.
“I just shot somebody on my property and I killed him, I think,” Bean said in the affidavit, quoting the recording of the call between the dispatcher and Billy Nutt.
Billy Nutt also asked was whom he had shot and he replied “Tabius Love” and when asked what he had shot Love with, Billy Nutt raid a “22 (caliber gun.)”
When deputies arrived, they found Love on the floor and Nutt was interviewed the first time by Investigator Rick Conyers.
According to Conyers, Nutt said he heard a disturbance coming from a trailer where his wife, Anna, and granddaughter live, and when he went to investigate, found Love causing the disturbance. At that time, Anna Nutt was holding a gun and according to Nutt, he took the gun and told Love to leave.
When Love refused and told Nutt to shoot him, Nutt said he did, then gave the gun to Anna and called 9-1-1.
A .22-caliber handgun with four live rounds and one spent shell casing was found at the home, Bean said in the affidavit.
When Nutt was interviewed a second time at the sheriff’s department Criminal Investigation’s Office, he told the same story, Bean said in the affidavit.
Achorn said Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter wanted bond for Nutt set at $250,000 and Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth agreed to that request after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Billy Nutt with first-degree murder.
Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Billy Nutt, who said his only source of income was Social Security.