An Altheimer man accused of shooting two people Wednesday night, killing one of them, told sheriff’s investigators he “blacked out and didn’t remember shooting anyone.”
Keith Darnell Shelton, 30, turned himself in about 12 hours after he was identified as the person who shot Thrisdon Deshawn Eason, 26, and Alfred Burton Jr., 26, both of Altheimer after an altercation at about 8:20 p.m. at the intersection of South Main and West Third streets in Altheimer.
Eason was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley at 10:04 p.m., and Burton was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was treated for what sheriff’s office Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr. described as a “non-life threatening wound.”
According to a probable cause affidavit from sheriff’s investigator Sgt. Mickey Buffkin, witnesses said Shelton and Burton were sitting alongside each other in two vehicles when a verbal altercation occurred. Shelton got out of his vehicle and allegedly struck Burton in the face with his fist while Burton was sitting in his car.
Eason got out of the passenger side of the car and confronted Shelton and Shelton allegedly reached into his truck, grabbed a handgun and fired into the car several times, hitting Burton and Eason, who had gotten back into the passenger side of the vehicle. Shelton then drove away, the affidavit said.
Buffkin reported that when Shelton was interviewed, he said he got out of his vehicle and hit Burton and then got into an altercation with Eason but blacked out.
Following a court hearing Friday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $500,000 bond for Shelton after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree battery and three counts of committing a terroristic act.
Shelton was also ordered to have no contact with Burton until the case is settled. He said he would hire his own attorney.
The slaying was the 14th of the year in Jefferson County. Eleven of those have been in Pine Bluff.