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Shooting brings charges of attempted murder

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jonathan "Bo" Hensley
A late night shooting Dec. 18 led to the arrest of a Sharp County man on attempted murder charges.

A report obtained from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department says a call regarding a shooting on Baker's Cemetery Road and Arkansas Highway 175 was dispatched just before midnight Friday, Dec. 18.

Spring River Ambulance and numerous deputies from Sharp County as well as Hardy, Highland and Cherokee Village responded to the call of a female who had been shot in the head.

The woman was later identified as Stephanie Like of Colt, Ark. She was transported to White River Medical Center for her injuries.

Sharp County Detective Sergeants Mark Counts and Ken Guidry were called to the scene, along with Arkansas State Police Special Agent Wendell Jines to assist in locating the shooter.

Based on information obtained from witnesses, officers began a search for Johnathan "Bo" Hensley. Hensley was located at a home on Baker's Cemetery Road and arrested.

Information obtained from witnesses verified that Hensley and his wife Jessica had recently separated. Ms. Hensley had went to Hardy to meet with a relative to whom she was loaning money. After lending the money, Ms. Hensley then got into her 2000 Kia Sportage driven by Stephanie Like.

Shortly after turning onto Baker's Cemetery Road, the vehicle encountered a Chevy Blazer, driven by Hensley estranged husband. As they slowed down, Mr. Hensley stuck a .243 rifle out the window and fired at the Kia Sportage. He then fired three more shots into the vehicle, subsequently causing bullet fragments to hit Like in the face. The injured driver then moved to the passenger seat and the vehicle was driven to Highway 175, where the emergency call was made.

It was later determined that one of the passengers in the Sportage then fired a handgun in retaliation.

After later being interviewed by Sharp County detectives, Mr. Hensley said he had come home and discovered his wife had left to go meet a male that she was seeing. He admitted to authorities that he took the rifle out and shot at the vehicle.

Hensley is being held in the Sharp County Jail on charges of criminal intent to commit first degree murder.

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