Teen charged with capital murder in Stuttgart shooting

Daniel Ruffin

STUTTGART (KATV)--A juvenile has been charged with capital murder, following the murder of a 20-year-old Stuttgart man last week.

Arkansas County Prosecutor, Robert Dittrich, filed charges against Arthur Hicks Junior, 17, on Wednesday.

Dittrich said, it's a capital murder charge because Daniel Ruffin's death occurred during a robbery or attempted robbery.

Three juveniles were originally taken into custody last week, but Stuttgart Police said they only had enough evidence to charge Hicks, who they say was the shooter.

"We can prove who the shooter was in the incident, and at that point in time, we didn't believe there was enough to charge the other two with involvement in that case," said Stuttgart Assistant Police Chief, Steve Bobo.

It was around 5 pm on Tuesday July 22nd, when Ruffin was out walking his dog in front of his home on South Maple Street in Stuttgart. That's when police believe Hicks shot and killed Ruffin, although he didn't die until the next day. Now Hicks has been formally charged with capital murder.

However, Arkansas State Police have also been called in to help investigate the other two juveniles taken into custody but released.

"They were called in due to the fact that one of the juveniles is related to somebody who works for this department," said Bobo.

Hicks is facing life in prison, if he is convicted on this capital murder charge. He is scheduled to appear in court on August 4th and was issued a no bond order.

Arkansas County Sheriff, Allen Cheek, said they will not release Hicks' mug shot today.

Channel 7 did speak with Hicks' father and uncle. They both declined to go on camera. However, the father said he doesn't believe his son had anything to do with this. His uncle said, we will see how this plays out.