The circumstances surrounding the J.D. Anderson murder have been under investigation for several years by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the Magnolia Police Department, and the Arkansas State Police. J.D. Anderson was found murdered at his business in McNeil, Arkansas, (J.D.'s Quick Stop) on April, 20, 2003.
On February 3, 2017, Kendrick C. Story, 36, was arrested and charged with first degree murder involving J.D. Anderson.
Investigators believe Kendrick Story acted alone in a botched aggravated robbery. Two other persons charged in the case are believed to have found J.D. Anderson in the store after he was shot three times by Kendrick Story. The other parties allegedly took money from the store after Story fled from the scene.
After the arrest, a criminal information report was filed against Kendrick Story on the first degree murder charge, and the defendant's court date was set by the Columbia County Circuit Clerk before Judge David Talley on Thursday, February 9, 2017.
Kendrick Story appeared with his attorney Ronald L. Davis, Jr. of Little Rock in front of Judge David Talley on February 9, 2017, entering a plea of guilty to first degree murder and aggravated robbery. Kendrick Story received a sentence of 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.