Formal charges filed in March shooting death

Formal charges have been filed against a teenager in the March shooting death of a 21-year-old man.

Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter charged Curtis Ladd Jr., 16, as an adult with first-degree murder in the March 17 death of William Roby Jr., whose body was found in the yard of a duplex at 3009 S. Ash St., after police responded to a reported shooting at about 8:35 p.m.

Roby was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center by ambulance and pronounced dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the right side of the stomach.

During a probable cause hearing for Ladd on March 20, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer quoted from an affidavit from Detective Jeremy Funderburg, which said witnesses at the duplex said Ladd and Roby had been involved in an argument inside the duplex, and then went outside before witnesses reported hearing a shot.

Kizer said one of the witnesses also told police they had seen “Ladd point a gun and fire at Roby.”

In the probable-cause affidavit, Funderburg said Ladd “allegedly apologized to Roby” before fleeing the scene.

Ladd’s mother contacted police the day after the shooting after receiving phone calls saying that Ladd had shot someone and she brought him to the Detective Division where he was questioned before being arrested.

Kizer said that when Ladd was questioned, he gave police several conflicting stories about what happened.

Bond for Ladd was set at $250,000 and the case was assigned to First Division Circuit Judge Berlin C. Jones Jr.

At the probable cause hearing, Ladd, who listed an address in North Little Rock, said his parents would hire an attorney for him. He is being held at the juvenile detention center.