Jerri Kelly is an Arkansas woman and wife of Cross County jail administrator Joe Kelly who was arrested after police say she held four black teens at gunpoint while they went door-to-door to raise money for their high school football team in Wynne.
The boys were selling restaurant coupon cards for Wynne High School when they were forced to the ground outside of Kelly’s home on Montgomery Drive on August 7. She aimed her gun at the boys until police arrived and determined they had done nothing wrong, according to WREG-TV.
The 46-year-old Kelly was not arrested until almost a week later, on Monday, August 12, when charges of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and endangering a minor were filed against her. Kelly was quickly bonded out of the Cross County jail, where her husband works.
“As always, the Wynne Police Department is committed to protecting our citizens,” Wynne Police Chief Jackie Clark said in a statement. “Our kids and elderly are our most precious assets and all the necessary steps will be taken to protect them.”
Kelly and her husband could not be reached for comment by Heavy and it is not clear if she has hired an attorney who could speak on her behalf.
Here’s what you need to know about Jerri Kelly:
1. Two of the Teens Had Their Football Jerseys on When Jerri Kelly Came Out of Her House With Her Gun & Forced Them to Lie Down With Their Legs Spread & Arms Behind Their Backs
The teens told WREG-TV that two of them were wearing their Wynne High School football jerseys when they walked up to Jerri Kelly’s home on the morning of Wednesday, August 7. Kelly came out of her Morningside Drive home with a gun as the boys walked up her driveway, one of the teens, a 16-year-old, told the news station.
Kelly is accused of forcing the boys to get down on the ground onto their stomachs with their legs spread and their arms behind their backs. The teens say she told them she had already called 911 and demanded they remain on the ground until officers arrived. An officer arrived and sorted out the situation, according to police.
A parent wrote on Facebook, “These boys had on their football jerseys, and this is common around this time of year in Wynne. All this lady had to do was say …read more