02/08/17  Ouachita County Circuit Court


On February 2, Deputy Prosecuting attorney R. Jeffrey Sawyer filed charges of possession of a controlled substance against 39 year old Ricky Strickland of Hampton.  According to a police report filed with the charges, in September a small amount of meth was found in Strickland's possession at the Head Games Salon in downtown Camden. At the time of Strickland's arrest the business was in the process of being searched by police who had just served a warrant on the business.

Strickland tried to leave after he saw police and threw a pill bottle into some bushes on his way out but he was apprehended. In the pill bottle was an assortment of pills and a baggie of meth. At the time of his arrest Strickland was on parole and had an active warrant out for his arrest by the parole office.

Also on February 2, Sawyer filed two charges of aggravated assault against 35 year old Lawrence Robert Ingles, 414 Ouachita 87 at Camden. The victim told investigators Ingels choked her, struck her and threatened her with a hand gun. An investigation revealed that Ingles had been convicted of 3rd degree battery in Oct, 2015.

Deputy Prosecutor Sawyer filed charges of 1st degree battery against 32 year old Justin Lane Walters of Camden. On January 10, Camden Police were advised that Billy Igou had been stabbed multiple times and was being taken to the Medical Center of South Arkansas for treatment. Doctors advised police officers that stab wounds narrowly missed Igou's lungs.

Igou at first,  claimed he was stabbed while walking down the street in Smackover, but after learning the officers knew the stabbing had occurred at his residence in Camden, Igou said he was stabbed walking away from a fight. He finally identified Justin Walters as the assailant. During questioning Walters admitted to the crime but claimed the stabbing was in self defense. Walters' record shows he was convicted of forgery in 2007 and theft in 2014 and was on probation.

Sawyer, who filed the charges against Walters on February 2,  stated he'll seek to have Walters tried under the habitual criminal statute that allows the judge to tack on additional jail time.