Bond set at $1 million for LC man

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Christopher Tray Yerbey

Bond was set at $1 million for Christopher Tray Yerbey, 34, suspected of shooting and killing his stepfather, Ricky Kirkendoll, 55, of Lake City.

Yerbey appeared in court on Wednesday where Judge Tommy Fowler set the bond with family and witness contact prohibited. His next court appearance has been set for Nov. 17.

Charges include suspicion of first degree murder and theft of property (the victim's pick-up truck).

According to the probable cause affidavit, the Lake City police were dispatched to Fourth Street in Lake City in reference to a man being shot Monday, Aug. 7.

When the officer arrived he found the victim, Kirkendoll, deceased on the kitchen floor.

Officers made contact with the victim's wife Linda Kirkendoll. She told them her son, Christopher Tray Yerbey, had shot Kirkendoll. She said the two men had been in a fight a few days before but everything seemed normal. The three had been working together on the day of the incident. Mrs. Kirkendoll said they went home and she started cooking dinner. She and Kirkendoll were in the kitchen and Yerbey was in his bedroom. Yerbey walked into the kitchen with a gun, said he was sorry and shot his stepfather.

Mrs. Krikendoll said her husband fell to the floor and Yerbey appeared to be trying to reload. She feared for her life and ran out of the house. She hid in some bushes and saw her son come out in the street with the gun. When he was out of sight, she went to a neighbors and called the police.

Yerbey fled the scene in the victim's truck.

The suspect turned himself in to the West Memphis Police on Tuesday morning. The truck was located in a field in Crittenden County. The cab and gas tank had been set on fire.

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