Murder Witness Says She Was Thrown From Bridge, Survived

Jamie Shipp told Arkansas police she was kidnapped after seeing a double shooting
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2017 7:50 AM CST
Murder Witness Says She Was Thrown From Bridge, Survived
Richard Gilliam.   (Lonoke County Sheriff's Office)

Just after 3am on Christmas Day, police in Little Rock, Ark., found Jamie Shipp soaking wet and freezing cold—and telling an incredible tale. The 42-year-old says she witnessed a double shooting in Lonoke County, was kidnapped by the perpetrators, and thrown off a bridge on I-430 on the 32-degree night and into the Arkansas River, report KARK and Arkansas Online. Shipp told police she had to swim to the river's shore and provided one of the names of the men allegedly involved: Richard Gilliam.

The 33-year-old was arrested that same day and charged with capital murder and kidnapping, among other crimes. Lonoke County deputies found two people shot in a home in Scott; 49-year-old Arlin Nugent died of his injuries. NBC News reports Deymon Webb, 28, a second suspect in the crime, turned himself in Wednesday night. Shipp was treated at an area hospital; the second shooting victim reportedly suffered serious injuries. (More witness stories.)

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