Region & State

State won’t seek death penalties in SAU homicide case


The state has decided not to seek the death penalty against the four men accused of killing Southern Arkansas University student Joshua Keshun Smith on a university parking lot in August 2020.

The death penalty had been on the table previously, but Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Phillips said during the October 5 Circuit Court session that would not be the case with two men on that day’s docket, Le’Kamerin “Kam” Tolbert and Quincy Isaiah Lewis.

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  1. Joshua Keshun Smith’s family is not in agreement with this! If this is still a Capital murder case, let the jury decide! Joshua was young just like they are.