Bail set at $1 million for man charged in teen's death

Posted: May 23, 2013 at 9:28 a.m.

A judge set a $1 million bail Thursday for a man jailed on kidnapping and murder charges in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Fayetteville resident in Little Rock.

Darrell Dennis, 47, of Little Rock made an initial appearance in Little Rock District Court by video from the Pulaski County jail, where he was booked Wednesday night after being charged in the May 10 kidnapping and death of Forrest Abrams.

Tyler Hodges, 22, told police that Dennis took him and Abrams at gunpoint from a Little Rock gas station and eventually left Hodges behind when he went inside a residence at West Fourth and Woodrow Streets. Abrams' body was later found at Woodrow and West 11th streets.

Police told the judge during the hearing that Hodges' ATM card, which was taken during the crime, was later used at an ATM. Video from that transaction "clearly shows" Dennis' face, investigators said.

Dennis was arrested Wednesday after police got a tip he was walking near Asher Avenue and Washington Street.

District Judge Mark Leverett said he set the $1 million bail because of the seriousness of the crime and Dennis' criminal history.

Prosecutors said during the hearing that Dennis at different times dating back as far as 1984 was sentenced to 12 years in prison for breaking and entering, 10 years for felony robbery and 60 years for aggravated robbery and escape.