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Yaree S. Wiley

Yaree S. Wiley

DECATUR — A Decatur man was arrested Wednesday on a preliminary charge of attempted murder after police said he robbed and repeatedly shot a male victim.

Yaree S. Wiley, 22, also faces a preliminary charge of attempted robbery in the incident, which a sworn Decatur police affidavit said dates to the night of Dec. 18. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The affidavit said the man who was shot was lured to Johns Hill Park believing he was going to buy 14 grams of cannabis for $150. Once he got there, Wiley pulled a handgun and demanded money and was backed up by two other unknown men, one of them armed with a pump action shotgun who cocked the weapon in front of the victim, the affidavit said.

“(The victim) said Wiley then took currency from (the victim’s ) sock,” the affidavit said. “(The victim) stated he (the victim) took off running, at which time Wiley fired the gun repeatedly, striking him in the legs and back.”

The affidavit said the victim suffered bullet wounds to his lower right leg and left buttock. Questioned by detectives, he was able to show them Facebook Messenger messages in which he corresponded with Wiley to set up the drug deal. Police checked out the Facebook account involved and said the victim identified Wiley from his profile picture.

The affidavit does not quote Wiley as saying anything about the shooting, but he did admit to meeting the victim. He said he said he had arranged to act as the “middle man” in a deal to buy cannabis and a firearm. Wiley said it was a juvenile, not himself, who had the items for sale.

Wiley remained in the Macon County Jail on Thursday night in lieu of posing $200,000 bail.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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