Arkansas State police have arrested Christopher Reynolds, 34, for the November 9 shooting death of Ernest Hoskins Jr., 21, reports FoxNews16.com.
The investigation has been ongoing since the shooting, with the family hiring Benjamin Crump, legal council for the family of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen gunned down by former neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman.
According to an investigative report by TheGrio’s Joy-Ann Reid, Hoskins was attending a business meeting with three other employees at Reynold’s home, who was his employer at Raynell Industries in Ward, Arkansas. For unknown reasons, Reynolds allegedly pulled out a 44 Magnum Desert Eagle pistol and shot Hoskins in the face.
Attorney Crump suggests that there are clear racial implications in the case; and similarly to Martin’s case, weeks went by before an arrest was made:
“For whatever reason, he pointed the gun at the only African-American guy at the table,” Crump told theGrio.
“Ernest was the only man in his family,” Crump said. “His mother has two daughters, his father died” years earlier.
“In any jurisdiction in the world, even in Arkansas, this should have resulted in arrest.
See news report from TodayTHV.com below:
Hoskins’ widow, Nikkisha, 25, told TheGrio that her husband and Reynolds always got along, as far as the family knew:
“He brought us gifts, he invited us over to his house for dinner numerous times,” she said.
In the news report above, she voiced disbelief that a gun was even brought to a business meeting.
That’s the biggest question that there is, What could possibly have been said; what went wrong for you to bring a gun to business meeting,” questioned Hoskins’ distraught widow.
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The couple were recently married and were planning a wedding celebration later this month.
Crump released the following statement on the arrest:
The family of Ernest Hoskins and I will speak to the media and supporters on Monday 11/26, at 12 Noon during a prayer vigil that will take place on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol. At that time we will have just concluded a meeting with the State’s Coroner’s office and we hope to have official results. The news of today’s arrest in the Hoskins investigation has been extremely overwhelming for his widow; we are asking the media to respect her privacy at this time.
Reynolds has been charged with one count of first degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault, reports Fox16. He is set to appear in court on November 27.
A Facebook page has been created to raise awareness about Hoskins’ case.