Christopher Childress shot in front of Conway police station

    9:39 PM, Jul 15, 2010   |    comments
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    • Police at the scene
    • De'Randa Carter and Chris Childress
    • Police at the scene
    • Police at the scene
    • Police at the scene
    • Cortez Waller


    Police say a love triangle is the possible motive for murder. Now three kids are without a father. Twenty-six-year-old De'Randa Carter and fiancé Childress have been together for 8-years. They planned to get past the affair, but say the other man couldn't let go.

    Carter cries on her moms shoulder, "Momma, I didn't get to kiss him, I tried to tell him Momma I loved him and he couldn't hear me Momma, he was dead Momma."

    Carter is filled with guilt, she witnessed her fiancé, shot by her ex-lover, Waller.

    She adds, "I told Chris the other day I had a fling. He said as long as I told him the truth he'd stay with me and we'd work it out."

    Carter's mother, Delana Head says the lovers worked together, until Carter had to quit because Waller allegedly became obsessive. Thursday, Waller followed the couple in his black Impala.

    With tears falling down her face, Head says, "They happen to stop in front of the police station. My daughter said she tried to stop him (Chris) from jumping out of the vehicle, he jumped out and the guy shot him 2 or 3 times." She continues, "All I know is the kids were in there so they saw it too."

    After Waller shot the victim multiple times with a .45 caliber gun, he walked into the Conway Police Department and turned himself in.

    Chris Harris with the Conway Police Department adds, "The victim was transported to Conway Regional and he has since been pronounced dead and we have Mr. Waller in custody. Right now the detectives are with the prosecutors at this time investigating and questioning."

    The tragedy will forever affect many families. In Waller's dashboard, there is a picture of a little girl.

    Although all three of Carter and Childress kids were in the car, they haven't been told their dad is dead.

    Carter cries, "I can't believe he lost his life because of something I did and I can't take that back. I loved that man, he is a good daddy, he was a good man and I love him. I don't know how me and the kids are going to do without him."

    Carter and Childress' kids are 2, 4 and 7 years-old.

    The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. Childress' death has been ruled a homicide, his body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab for an autopsy.

    Waller has been charged with 1st Degree Murder and is currently being held at the Faulkner County Detention Center.


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