Conway teen facing charges in brother’s shooting death

Formal charges have not yet been filed against a Conway teen suspected of accidentally killing his brother.

 

Malique Decardo Cooks is currently being held in the county jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond on a probable cause warrant for a June 7 shooting incident.

According to a search warrant affidavit, Cooks “admitted under Miranda” to shooting his half-brother, Damien Hardy.

Cooks appeared in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday. However, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews said formal charges had not yet been filed against Cooks, noting the case remains under review.

The Conway Police Department responded to College View Apartments at 1952 Bruce Street on June 7 regarding a shots fired call.

“A victim, identified as Damien Hardy, was located int he parking lot and had sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen,” the affidavit reads.

Court documents note there was “a visible blood trail from Hardy to Apartment 2, which is Hardy’s residence.”

Police collected a pair of Air Jordan shoes as well as a blue shirt as evidence from the apartment complex’s parking lot the night of the shooting incident.

According to the search warrant inventory list, police also collected a blood swab from the apartment door and the floor in Apartment 2 as well as a Smith and Wesson 10 mm pistol with four live rounds, a BB gun, LG cell phone, red chip clip and a 10 mm casing.

A second status hearing was set for 9 a.m. July 21 to determine whether prosecutors will file manslaughter charges against Cooks.

 

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