White County Shooting, Update
By Michelle Rupp
Searcy- Updating a story we brought you Sunday night. We now know the identity of the shooting victim in White County. Authorities say forty three year old Stephen Leonard died at White County Medical Center last night after being shot multiple times.
White County Sheriff Deputies took a teen at the residence into custody Sunday. However, they are not releasing much information because the suspect is a juvenile. The investigation continues. As authorities try to determine what if any charges will be filed. Corporal Steve Hernandez says the age of the suspect is what makes this case so unique. "With it being a juvenile there are a lot of areas we can't talk about in order to protect his identity as well", he said.
Neighbors tell Channel 7 the suspect is 14 years old and the victim is the teens stepfather. Gary Lovitte says the family living at the home has four kids. He has no idea what might have cause the shooting. Lovitte talked with Leonard not long ago. "Nice boy, I talked to him a few weeks ago in the yard he rides motorcycles he was good. I don't know if there was any trouble between him and the kids or what."
Lovitte's thoughts go out to the teen suspect. "I feel sorry for the boy now, he's not going to have a life."
The teen is in custody at the Batesville Juvenile Detention Facility. Authorities say charges are expected to be filed in juvenile court. That could happen as early as Tuesday.