LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A man charged in the murder of an Arkansas teen has pleaded not guilty.
Darrell Dennis, 46, is charged with capital murder in the death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams.
Dennis appeared in Pulaski County Circuit Court today and a judge set his trial date for Feb. 3.
Pulaski County prosecutor Larry Jegley says his office hasn’t decided whether they’ll seek the death penalty. He says they will make that decision later after discussing it with Abrams’ family.
Abrams was found dead in the street at 11th Street and Woodrow Street May 10.
Police said Abrams had been refueling his car with a friend when three people demanded a ride at gun point.
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KFSM – Officers responded to a report of a carjacking nearby. Abrams friend, Tyler Hodges, 22, of Little Rock, told police that he and Abrams had been approached by three black men at a gas station at 12th and Woodrow. The men demanded a ride at gunpoint, the report states.
Hodges told police that they drove to a house at 4th and Woodrow where they got out of the vehicle and stayed for a while. But a short time later, the three suspects left with Abrams.
Abrams was later found shot to death. The victim’s vehicle was found abandoned around 9 a.m. on Charles and Bussey Avenue, according to police.
It’s the city’s 12th homicide of year.
Abrams’ girlfriend, Ashley Nicole, told 5NEWS, “Forrest has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met…(I)t truly breaks my heart to think someone could do this to my Forrest.”