The wife of an Arkansas jail administrator earlier this week was arrested and charged with assault after allegedly pulling a gun on four black teenagers who were going door to door to raise funds for their high school football team.
A Wynne police officer responding to reports of “suspicious persons” on Aug. 7, found the four children on the ground, with Jerri Kelly, 46, standing over them holding a gun.
After arriving at the scene, the officer let the teens stand up. They then told him they had been selling discount cards to raise money for a school athletic program when Kelly pulled a weapon on them. Two of the four teens were wearing football jerseys, according to the Wynne School District.
Kelly, who is married to Cross County Jail Administrator Joe Kelly, was charged Monday, Aug. 12, with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and endangering the welfare of a minor.
She turned herself in Monday evening after the Cross County Sheriff’s Department put out a warrant for her arrest. She was released that night on a $10,000 bond.
Cross County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Jeff Nichols said Kelly doesn’t have a mugshot because she had a “medical emergency” while being booked. He added that he could not release more information because of medical privacy laws.
Kelly was scheduled to make her first court appearance on Thursday morning, Aug. 15, but couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. It wasn’t clear whether she had an attorney who could comment.
“She was afforded the same booking process and procedures as anyone that’s brought into our facility,” Nichols said. “She received no preferential treatment.”
Wynne School District Superintendent Carl Easley said the district is considering stopping door-to-door fundraising efforts in light of the incident.