Bail set at $100,000 for woman accused of shooting girl with AR-15

Tracie Dierks being escorted into the courtroom (Photo by Field Walsh)

The woman accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Caitlin Caskey Saturday night in Little River County made her initial appearance in an Ashdown, Ark. courtroom Tuesday morning.

40-year-old Tracie Dierks, who has not yet been formally charged, had her bail set at $100,000 by 9th Circuit Court Judge Tom Cooper.

Little River County prosecuting attorney Bryan Cheshier has not yet filed formal charges against Dierks. Cheshier told Judge Cooper that he is waiting for toxicology reports to come back from Little Rock to decide on what charges Dierks will face. Cooper set the next court appearance for next Tuesday, February 2.


According to an Arkansas State Police investigator that testified at the hearing a fruit punch with alcohol and gummy bears was being served to the minors at the party.

According to the investigator Dierks was answering the door with an AR-15 rifle as people arrived at the party. One teen asked Dierks if the gun was loaded at which time she grabbed the receiver handle and the gun fired one shot.

Caskey was shot in the chest and the bullet then went through the jacket of boy standing behind her, according to testimony given by the investigator.



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