Hoskins Family Hires High-Profile Attorney to Investigate Ward Shooting Death
A young widow, married only four months ago to the man of her dreams, Nikki Hoskins was going to celebrate the marriage with family and friends on November 15, but on November 9 she received a call from Arkansas State Police.
"I thought it was a joke at first, so I didn't even take it seriously until I called my husband's phone, and I instantly knew something was wrong because he never has his phone off," recounted Hoskins.
Her husband, 21-year-old Ernest Hoskins Jr. had been shot in Ward. Now, instead of planning a wedding party, she was planning a funeral. But, Nikki says her nightmare didn't ended there. The person who shot her husband has not been charged. Nikki and her mother-in-law are desperate to find out why.
"(State police) are refusing to release a police report, an incident report, a crime lab report. They're refusing to release anything to us," said Hoskins.
State police are not releasing information but tell KATV that they have handed the case over to the prosecutor. Hoskins says she has spoken to Prosecutor Chuck Graham and he tells her a different story. Lost in the logistics, Hoskins called attorney Ben Crump for help. Crump is best known as the family attorney in the Trayvon Martin case.
"They have retained my law firm to help them get answers because, imagine if this was your husband that got shot point blank range and you have witnesses, you have the gun, you have a confession, yet the killer walks free," said Crump.
Crump also pointed out what he believes are similarities in this case and in Trayvon's. He stopped just short of alleging racism on the part of law enforcement..
"all I'll say is this. If the shoe was on the other foot, we think Ernest Hoskins would have been arrested immediately. It would not have been two weeks later," said Crump.
Crump says he'll spend the next few weeks writing legal notices and searching for information because right now information is all that can comfort this grieving mother and wife.
"If someone could just tell me why this man has not been arrested for killing my son. I pray, and I will continue to pray. Only God has the answers. He's not coming back to me," cried Ernest's mother Monica Hoskins.