Police arrest suspect after weekend death is ruled homicide

Pine Bluff police have made an arrest in connection with the death of a man who was found unresponsive after a reported altercation Saturday night at a Pine Bluff nightclub.

Police Lt. David Price said in a press release Tuesday afternoon that the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory determined that the death of Antonio Jenkins, 23, was the result of blunt force trauma to the head.

Kenneth Burton, 21, was arrested without incident after a joint effort by police and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and will be charged with second-degree murder, Price said.

According to the news release, Burton struck Jenkins in the head during the altercation at 212 W. 4th Ave., and Jenkins died a few hours later.

On Sunday, Price said Jenkins was taken home by some family members, and was last seen asleep and snoring on the couch. At about 11 a.m., Sunday, the family tried to wake Jenkins but he was unresponsive.

Price also said in the release that there has not been a connection between the death of Jenkins and the shooting that occurred at the same location later in the evening involving Justice of the Peace Lloyd Franklin II.

Jenkins’ death was the 10th murder inside the city limits of Pine Bluff so far this year.

Burton is no stranger to the criminal justice system. In 2011, he was charged with felony manslaughter in the April 19 shooting death of Kadedra Washington, a 16-year-old Pine Bluff High School student.

The shooting occurred at Townsend Park where Burton, Washington, and her older sister had gone. In a statement to police, Burton said the shooting was an accident.

After a trial in February 2012, a Jefferson County Circuit Court jury found Burton not guilty of felony manslaughter, but guilty of negligent homicide, a misdemeanor. He also was found guilty of carrying a loaded weapon into a public facility or park and not guilty of carrying a weapon, both misdemeanors.

Burton was sentenced to six months in the county jail on each count with the sentences to run concurrently, and was fined $1,000 on each count. He served that sentence and was released.

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