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Judge Sets Bail in Wylie Murder Case

Travis McKinney, Benton County Jail Photo

FOLEY — A Benton County judge has set bail for two men charged in the shooting death of Jamie Wylie.

Judge Michael Jesse set bail for 25-year-old Travis McKinney at $1,000,000 and 24-year-old Joshua Smith’s bail at $500,000. The two are accused in the shooting death of 31-year-old Jamie Wylie of Foley.

Wylie went missing in December and his body was found behind Luther Honda this spring. According to the criminal complaint, McKinney shot Wylie twice with a shotgun, once in the hip and once in the neck and facial area.

Smith is accused of driving the car carrying McKinney, Wylie and a fourth person who records show was a witness in the case.

Joshua Smith
Joshua Smith, Stearns County Jail photo

Records show Smith was on a methamphetamine binge and had become upset with Wylie who had been staying with McKinney and Smith. Smith allegedly thought Wylie had become obsessed with a woman he knew and might stalk her or sexually assault her. Smith also believed Wylie was a snitch.

According to the complaint, the shooting happened near Foley and Wylie’s body was dumped in a ditch behind Luther Honda.

McKinney has been charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of being a felon in possession of a gun. Smith has been charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder.

Their next court appearance isn’t known at this time.

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