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Mt. Vernon-Enola graduate dies in hit-and-run; driver charged with murder

Posted: August 22, 2014 - 12:45pm

BRYANT — A 20-year-old female victim in a hit-and-run incident has died. Bryant police confirmed the young woman died Friday morning after she succumbed to injuries she received when she was struck by a vehicle in a Target parking lot on Thursday.

The woman was Mt. Vernon-Enola graduate Heather Danielle Baker, although police have not officially released her name. 

Marcus Dorsey, 39, was in court Thursday morning. A detective testified that Dorsey said that prior to the incident he had been smoking sherm and drinking alcohol. The detective also told the court Dorsey said he accelerated when he saw the woman in the parking lot.

Dorsey has been charged with First Degree Murder, four counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and one count of Driving on a Suspended License. His bond has been set at $1 million.

Police say Dorsey first struck at least three vehicles on Interstate 30 before he took the Alcoa Road exit and sped through the parking lot of the Alcoa Exchange shopping center. Surveillance video shows the white pickup truck did not slow down after leaving the interstate. After the young woman was hit by the truck, police say she was dragged approximately 70 feet. A Target employee who witnessed the hit-and-run called 911 and followed the truck to a nearby apartment complex. Dorsey was arrested a short time later. 

KATV contributed to this report.

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bekael
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bekael 08/22/14 - 02:22 pm
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so sad...

I am so sorry for this family. I cant imagine the pain and outrage you are going thru....

357
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357 08/22/14 - 10:13 pm
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It is an outrage that some

It is an outrage that some individuals have do little concern for other people.

In an uncivilized part of the country that Target store would have been looted and up in flames by now.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 08/23/14 - 09:36 am
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Comparison not even close

Your implied comparison between this event and the events of Ferguson is wrong on many levels.

First of all, it is an insult to this poor woman's memory and to her grieving family. Secondly, to imply that the people of Ferguson are "uncivilized" is unnecessarily insulting and even racist.

Finally, the people of Conway can have some confidence that this incident will be fully and openly investigated and that justice will be served. The people of Ferguson have not had that level of confidence in their authority figures. The fact that they have used their First Amendment rights to express that does not make them uncivilized. On the contrary, they are participating in a most American activity. The fact that some thugs took advantage of the situation to do some looting does not change that. Some people took advantage of the Vilonia tornadoes to do some looting. Does that make Vilonia "an uncivilized part of the country"? I don't think so.

So put a lid on it.

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357 08/23/14 - 03:04 pm
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lachowsj

Dude, the level of civility between of the two communities is self evident. Indicating that my statements are racist don't impress me any, anytime a liberal doesn't get their way they cry racists . . . who cares!!

In my opinion, which carries the same about of weight as yours (being very little), is that the people of Ferguson ought to be insulted, who in their right mind plunder's and pillages their own community because a thug in the act of thugary is stopped from his rampage. Ferguson is not a black vs white thing, it's a thug vs decent law abiding tax paying citizens thing.

I absolutely agree that the folks who have come in to demonstrate have every right to do so, but really, they get no brownie points for the molotov cocktails and pillaging their own community.

I gotta tell you, being a thug has it's career hazards. Getting shot by the police or some other law abiding property owner is one of them (I don't care what race they are).

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lachowsj 08/23/14 - 09:47 pm
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Uncivilized?

"I gotta tell you, being a thug has it's career hazards. Getting shot by the police or some other law abiding property owner is one of them"

And in 357 world the penalty for stealing cigars is death. The question is whether the police officer was acting according to the law. Now we have a grand jury convened to help answer that question. Remember, in this country putting on a police uniform and strapping on a police gun does not make you above the law. We live in a constitutional society, not a totalitarian one.

"...anytime a liberal doesn't get their way they cry racists . . . who cares!!"

Exactly how am I not getting my way? I'm only expressing an opinion. As to my comment that your statement appeared racist, all I can say is if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck...

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crypted quill 08/24/14 - 07:27 am
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"...if it walks like a duck

"...if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck"

We gotta badelynge of 'em, online.

357
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357 08/24/14 - 08:00 am
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Stealing cigars . . .

Those cigars didn't belong to that thug. He strong armed his way out of the store without paying for something that didn't belong to him. No, I don't have a problem with the consequences he receieved for HIS actions.

Many will be disappointed if the thug who caused the issue in Bryant does not suffer accordingly as well.

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lachowsj 08/24/14 - 06:36 pm
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The problem

Michael Brown was not killed for stealing cigars. The officer who shot him knew nothing about that incident. He was supposedly killed because he made threatening movements toward the officer and failed to follow directions of the officer, though several eyewitnesses dispute that account.

In the United States in 2013, over 400 people were killed by police. (The exact number is hard to determine but there were over 400 cases of justifiable homicide by police officers.) In 2013 in Great Britain, a country of 63 million, no one was killed by police. There were only three instances in which police officers fired their weapon. It is pretty ironic that Michael Brown was fired at twice as many times as all of the police in all of Great Britain fired at their 63 million citizens in 2013. And I expect the rate of cigar theft in the two countries is about the same.

Based on that information, which place would you say, to use your word, is more "uncivilized"?

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357 08/24/14 - 07:52 pm
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Ferguson, Missouri.

Ferguson, Missouri.

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mikeng1994 08/25/14 - 02:03 pm
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I was in the California

I was in the California National Guard before moving back home to Arkansas and was mobilized for the LA riots. To this day, all the murders, beatings, and burnings occurred for one very simple reason.

ONE PERSON WAS SPEEDING AND WOULD NOT PULL OVER!! That one thing set off a series of unfortunate events that brought out the worst in a lot of people.

This story was similar, and 357's opinion has merit. Imagine if all the white people in Bryant took to the street because this black man killed a white girl for no apparent reason. It would be portrayed as racist because its ok for blacks to hate on whites according to Sharpton and Jackson.

Ferguson is no different. All the dude had to do was at age 10 decide he was going to live a good life for the rest of his life. One thing is for certain, he challenged the officer. Lets say all he had to do was walk on the sidewalk and not in the middle of the street. A life ending crime? Probably not, but what if, just what if he was walking on the sidewalk like a normal person?

Lives would have been forever changed.

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