Deputies arrest one in Friday’s double shooting

Jarvis Fleming
Jarvis Fleming

A man arrested Sunday in a weekend double shooting that left one man dead was free at the time on $80,000 bail awaiting trial in a 2010 slaying.

Jarvis McKinley Fleming, 21, was arrested Sunday in the Friday shooting death of Donald Ray Walls, 26, at 7185 Greenwell St. The shooting was allegedly the result of a drug deal gone bad, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said Sunday.

Fleming drove two men, one of whom shot Walls, to the mobile home park about 8 p.m. to sell Walls and another man a pound of marijuana, according to arrest documents.

Deputies booked Fleming, 16321 Greenwell St., Greenwell Springs, into Parish Prison on counts of first-degree murder and tampering with an electronic monitor, Hicks said.

At the time of the shooting, Fleming was free on the $80,000 bail and awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge in the 2010 shooting death of Daniel Smith, 23. Baton Rouge police have said that shooting also was related to drugs.

As part of the conditions of bail in 2010, state District Judge Chip Moore ordered Fleming to wear a GPS tracking ankle bracelet, according to online court records.

However, when deputies arrested Fleming in the Friday shooting, they found that his monitoring bracelet had been removed and discarded, Hicks said. She said it had been removed sometime between Friday night and Sunday when he was arrested.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Sunday he is frustrated that the latest allegations against Fleming occurred while he was free on bail.

“It’s just like any other person that’s out on bond — there is always the risk that they’re going to re-offend,” the prosecutor said. “To try to help your chances of not re-offending, one of the things that judges do, and we agree, is to do electronic monitoring.”

Fleming’s bail was originally set at $120,000, but was reduced to $80,000 by the judge.

“The judges really have to predict the future, which is very difficult to do, I think,” Hillar Moore said. “It’s like they’re wearing a turban and making as good of a calculated decision as they can in a short period of time ….”

Hillar Moore said his office will move Monday morning to revoke Fleming’s bail in the 2010 shooting.

According to arrest documents in Friday’s shooting:

Fleming picked up two men, who were not identified, and drove them to the mobile home park to conduct the drug deal.

Fleming told deputies he stayed in the car, a Nissan Sentra, while his two passengers walked up to a white, two-tone Ford F-350 pickup to meet Walls and his passenger.

While sitting in the car, Fleming said he heard several shots. He said he waited until the shooting stopped and then drove to the truck to pick up his two passengers.

One of Fleming’s passengers was shot, but the affidavit does not say how many times or by whom. Fleming dropped the wounded man off at Baton Rouge General Health Center. Hicks said he is expected to recover.

An off-duty Baton Rouge police officer stopped Fleming when he dropped off the wounded man, but let him leave after taking his information.

Deputies patrolling nearby arrived at the mobile home park and found Walls slumped over in the pickup and a 9 mm handgun with an empty magazine laying nearby. Walls was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Several blocks away from the park, deputies found the man who was with Walls during the drug deal.

He said that he and Walls came from Denham Springs to buy marijuana. He also told deputies that the wounded man Fleming brought to the hospital was the person who fired the first shots.

The investigation is ongoing and other arrests are pending, Hicks said.