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Dexter Yancy (Facebook photo)

James Dexter Yancy (Facebook photo)

Pocahontas, Ark. — James Dexter Yancy, 24, of Pocahontas appeared before Sharp County Circuit Court Judge Kevin King Monday for his first judicial appearance after having been arrested in Pocahontas in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 13.
The appearance was announced Monday by Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce.
arkansas state police 2The arrest was the result of a shooting incident involving Yancy in which Nick Wayne Dawson, 28, of Pocahontas, was killed.
Judge King set bond for Yancy at $10,000.00.
The arrest warrant and probable cause statement were filed by Arkansas State Police special agent Wendall Jines.
According to the probable cause statement, the incident occurred at 1407 Broadway St., Pocahontas, where Yancy and Dawson both lived.
According to Jines, Yancy waived his right to remain silent and told State Police he had taken methamphetamines before the incident. He said he had a handgun in his waistband and instigated what led up to a physical altercation. Yancy told police he feared for his life when he shot Dawson.
Nick Dawson

Nick Dawson

The charge of manslaughter, a Class C felony, was recommended, largely because Yancy was under the influence of meth.
A Hill ‘n Holler source said that extreme paranoia and lack of sleep are common effects of meth use.
To view the warrant and probable cause, click arrest-affidavit-yancy
Yancy is the son of Dion Yancy, a Pocahontas police officer. In order to avoid an appearance of a conflict of interest Boyce will petition the Court to appoint a Special Prosecuting Attorney to review the matter to make any charging decisions.
Arkansas State Police investigated and made the arrest. The Randolph County Sheriff’s office was not involved in the investigation.
Yancy was transferred to the Lawrence County Jail. He posted bond Tuesday night, according to Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble.
Dawson’s funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Fears Family Funeral Home, 2803 Hwy. 67 South, Pocahontas. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
To view the obituary, click HERE.

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