The Forrest City Police Department is seeking information into the whereabouts of Adrian Lay, 23, of Forrest City.
Lay is wanted on charges of first-degree murder and felon in possession of firearms in connection with the Saturday, Sept. 25, slaying of Kordarius Kortez Walker, 19, also of Forrest City. The murder occurred in the Cope Cove public housing complex.
According to a press release from the FCPD, the department is utilizing the Internet in its efforts to capture Lay, listing him on its most wanted link at www.forrestcity-ar.com/mostwanted1.html and on the department's Facebook page which is Forrest City Police Department - Arkansas.
Lay is also wanted by the St. Francis County Sheriff's Department for failing to report to the county jail last week to serve three 10-year prison sentences in connection with three guilty pleas he recently entered in cases from 2007 and 2008. In the press release, Police Chief Dwight Duch made it clear that the police department had no input reponsibility for Lay being released from custody after he was sentenced to prison.
"The Forrest City Police Department had no input on Adrian Lay being released from custody after he was sentenced to the Arkansas Department of Corrections. I personally am a strong advocate that any violent offenders who have been sentenced to the Department of Corrections should immediately be placed in custody and held until their release from the Department of Corrections," said Duch in the press release.
"I think it is an issue that needs to be reconsidered by those who make the decisions and recommendations for release," Duch continued.
Duch also said the murder of Walker and Lay's step-father Roosevelt Willis, 52, 204 E. Cross Street, were not gang related, but could be considered as family-on-family violence.
According to the press release, the department's Criminal Investigation Division is currently pursuing every possible lead in connection with the murder of Willis and shooting of 30-year-old Granada Lay at Willis' home Saturday night.
Duch also said law enforcement officers will be present when the funerals for Walker and Willis are held.
"There will be a police presence at both funerals because we don't want anyone else getting hurt," said Duch.
Lay is considered armed and dangerous, and in 2008 was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery, possession of firearms by a certain person, felony vehicular fleeing, misdemeanor fleeing and probation violation in connection with an armed robbery at Big Time Rentals. At the time of his arrest in 2008, it was alleged that Lay pointed a gun at a police officer as he attempted to avoid capture forcing the officer to fire a shot at him.
Duch also addressed the increased police presence in area schools saying that additional officers were sent to the schools Monday as a precautionary effort.
"Because of the rumors in the public, the department did have additional officers in and around the school on Monday. Patrols are heavy in the school area constantly. This was not as a result of credible information provided to us, just as a precaution which allows students and parents to have comfort and feel safe in being at school," said Duch in the press release.
An arrest was made in connection with a separate shooting Sunday morning. According to information from St. Francis County Circuit Court Anthony Antwan Millbrooks, 23, of Forrest City, is being held without bond in connection with the shooting of a West Memphis man Sunday morning. Millbrooks was arrested Monday and charged with attempted first degree murder and possession of firearms by certain persons in the shooting of 33-year-old Deadrick Crawford at an apartment on Mann Street.