Cash-only bond set in shooting incident


A $100,000 cash-only bond was set Wednesday for a man who allegedly shot another man in early February.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Levelle Anderson, 27, with one count of first-degree battery, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Anderson was convicted of aggravated robbery and first-degree murder in 2003 and sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to records at the prosecutor’s office. He is also listed as a parole absconder by the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections.

Anderson allegedly shot Anthony Alexander, 25, on Feb. 3 in front of an apartment at 2202 W. 10th Ave., then fled the scene, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said during a court hearing Wednesday for Anderson.

When Alexander was interviewed by police at the hospital, he described the man who shot him and told officers he would be able to pick out that person from a photo lineup, Detective Larry Gailey said in a probable cause affidavit.

During the course of the investigation, Pugh said the name of Levelle Anderson came up and police put together a photo lineup with Anderson’s photo and that of five other men and showed it to the victim, who immediately identified Anderson as the person who shot him.

Attempts to locate Anderson were unsuccessful until Monday when Gailey said officers received information that he was hiding in at a house in the 3500 block of South Louisiana Street.

Pugh said officers talked to a woman who answered the door and were able to get Anderson to come to the door, where he was arrested.

When Anderson was being taken to a police car, he allegedly said: “Don’t tear up the house. I will tell you where the gun is.” He allegedly told police the gun was in a drawer under the kitchen stove, according to the court affidavit.

Pugh said officers checked the drawer and found a 9-mm Smith and Wesson handgun and a set of digital scales that had suspected cocaine on them.

Although Kearney set a bond on the allegations, Anderson will not be able to post it because of the absconder warrant.

He was also ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

Anderson said he would hire his own attorney.