Formal charges of murder have been filed against two men in separate incidents in late December and mid-January.
Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter charged Randy Carter Jr., 22, with first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm and Percy Jackson Jr., 21, with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of committing a terroristic act.
Carter is accused of shooting Marquez Strong, 21, on Christmas Day after the two were involved in an altercation in front of 315 E. 21st Ave. Strong died Dec. 31 at a Little Rock hospital.
According to a police report, a witness said they were outside the house, where they were having an altercation with Carter. They then went into the house, where Carter allegedly pointed a gun at the witness before going back outside.
Strong was present and “attempted to deter Carter from any further activity” before the shooting, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Carter after he turned himself in to police.
Bond for Carter was set at $250,000 cash only.
In the case of Jackson, he is accused of shooting Keson Coney, 40, who died at Jefferson Regional Medical Center after being shot at about 6:45 p.m. Jan. 18. in the 1800 block of Beech Street.
Coney and two other people were sitting in a car at the time when a man later identified as Jackson began firing shots at the car. The other two people were also wounded and taken to the hospital. They have since recovered.
Jackson is charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of committing a terroristic act in that incident.
In addition to the shooting death of Coney, Jackson has also been identified as the person who shot Sidney Farver Jr., 21, on Jan. 26, 2013.
According to police reports, Farver was shot in the area of West 18th Avenue and Elm Street and drove himself to Church’s Chicken at West 16th Avenue and Cherry Street, where police were called. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds.
Formal charges have not been filed in that case yet, and Jackson will be held without bond after Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled prosecutors had probable cause to charge Jackson with capital murder in the Farver homicide.