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Man Charged With Second Degree Battery In May Shooting

A second degree battery charge has been filed against the man who shot another man in an alley in Booneville on May 19.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit Roy D. Wingate, 36, told police Aaron Henry, 24, came to his residence inside Cowboys and Angels on Broadway and demanded $20 he owed Henry. Wingate told investigators Henry had a knife in his hand and that he went back into his apartment, closed the door and got his shotgun before returning outside.

Wingate also said he shot Henry on accident when he was startled and that he tried to help Henry until emergency personnel arrived. It was Henry who called 9-1-1.

Henry told investigators he went to Wingate’s residence to ask for money Wingate owed him, that the two argued about the money and Wingate went inside and came back with a shotgun. However, Henry said he turned to run and was then shot.

Henry was taken to UAMS after the incident and, according to investigators Wingate was jailed and was released on a $10,000 bond a week later.

The charge against Wingate is a Class D felony punishable upon conviction by up to six years in prison and or a fine of up to $10,000.

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