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Man wanted in connection to Blytheville homicide

Jan 11, 2013 -- 10:20am


Blytheville, Arkansas police are searching for 17-year-old Rodney Willis in connection to the shooting death of David Thomas Essig December 1st. Police found Essig dead from apparent gunshot wounds in the yard of the True Gospel Missionary Church on West Rose Street.Law enforcement says witnesses described a physical altercation between the victim and 43-year-old Jimmy Northern that led to the shooting. Warrants were issued for Northern who was already in custody at the Mississippi County Sheriff's office on unrelated charges. He was arraigned in on January 9 on murder first degree and possession of firearms by certain person's charges. Judge Langston set bond for Northern at $240,000. Blytheville police say anyone with information regarding Willis' location is asked to call the police Department at 870-763-4411 

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