Man Charged with Murder In Death of Roommate

Henry Boyce, Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, announced Gary Lee Fears, 57, of Walnut Ridge was charged today with Murder in the First Degree, a Class Y Felony, punishable by 10 – 40 years or Life in prison. Fears also faces felony enhancement charges for being a felon in possession of a weapon and committing a felony offense in the presence of a child. Convictions of the enhancement charges could increase Fears’ sentence by up to 25 additional years of imprisonment.

​The charges stem from an incident that occurred on December 15, 2017 during a reported dispute between Fears and his roommates over rental payments. The victim, Angel Penn, was found dead in the kitchen of Fears’ home when law enforcement officers arrived.