Fort Smith Teen to Face Murder Charge in 15-Year-Old’s Shooting

According to the announcement made by the county prosecuting attorney on Friday morning, the adolescent who is suspected of shooting and murdering a 15-year-old juvenile will be charged with first-degree murder.

15-year-old Connor Duane Castillo was taken into custody. It is alleged that Castillo was responsible for the shooting death of Bailey Smith on December 6th, 2023.

Additionally, he is accused of shooting Smith’s brother, who is 12 years old and is currently recuperating in the hospital.

Fort Smith teen to be charged with murder in deadly shooting of 15-year-old:

It was reported in the news release issued by the prosecutor that witnesses told investigators that Castillo went to the residence of Bailey Smith’s girlfriend with a group of other kids so that one of them might engage in a fight with the girl.

Smith was reportedly trying to stop the brawl when he and his brother were shot, according to friends and family members. Deputies were informed by witnesses. It was Castillo who was the one who released the shots.

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Both tampering with physical evidence and delaying apprehension are the allegations that have been brought against Castillo’s father currently.

Friends and family members told 40/29 News that Smith was a kind kid who made an effort to assist his family whenever he had the opportunity to do so.

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