A Pine Bluff man arrested in connection with two homicides that occurred almost a year apart allegedly confessed to both of them, police said in documents presented in district court Friday morning.
Percy Jackson, 21, is charged with two counts of capital murder and two counts of first-degree battery stemming from incidents on Jan. 26, 2013, and Jan. 18, 2014.
In the first incident, Jackson is accused of shooting Sidney Farver Jr., 21, who was found on the parking lot of Church’s Chicken at West 16th Avenue and Cherry Street and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds.
According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Larry Gailey of the Pine Bluff Police Department, when police arrived at the scene, Farver was lying on the parking lot “bleeding from the head and there was a large amount of blood on his upper body.”
During the court hearing, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said Farver had called 9-1-1 after being shot and allegedly gave the name of the person who shot him. Pugh said the first name was unclear but the last name was clearly Jackson.
A tape of the call was sent to the Regional Organized Crime Information Center in Nashville, Tenn., for analysis and when the report came back, Gailey said in the affidavit the name Farver had said was Percy Jackson.
Jackson was arrested on non-related charges Wednesday and when he was interviewed, he allegedly told police “Farver pulled up beside him in a vehicle while he was walking and asked him if he was ‘P.J’ ”, which is Jackson’s nickname.
According to the probable-cause affidavit, Jackson said he told Farver “No”, then saw a weapon in Farver’s vehicle and “started shooting.”
Jackson also allegedly told police he shot several times from both sides of the vehicle before fleeing the scene on foot.
In the second incident, Jackson is accused in the shooting of three people in front of a house in the 1800 block of Beech Street that resulted in the death of Keson Coney, 40, who died in surgery at JRMC. The other two victims, Stacey Rucker, 42, and Marcus Brown, 41, also were hospitalized for injuries but have since recovered.
According to an affidavit from Detective Cassandra Briggs-McAfee of the PBPD, police were sent to the house at 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 18. When they arrived, they found a man and woman inside a black passenger car. A third person was found on the porch of the house.
Pugh said during the court hearing that a witness came forward and told police Jackson had allegedly told them that he had shot someone while attempting a robbery.
The affidavit said Jackson allegedly met Coney at West 17th Avenue and Beech Street and tried to rob him, then saw a handgun in Coney’s lap and fired several shots into Coney’s vehicle.
Jackson also allegedly told police he knew there were other people in the car at the time.
At Pugh’s request, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Jackson with two counts of capital murder and two counts of first-degree battery, and said he would be held without bond on those charges.
Jackson, who has no prior convictions, said he would hire his own attorney.
In a related incident, the woman who made the original 9-1-1 call regarding the shooting on Beech Street was arrested Wednesday and accused of tampering with evidence.
Stephany Henderson, 44, allegedly removed a gun and cell phone from Coney’s vehicle after the shooting, and also took Brown’s wallet out of his pocket, McAfee said in a probable-cause affidavit.
Pugh said Henderson told police she had put the gun and cell phone into a trash can and later gave the gun to a friend. The wallet was found on a corner of the porch of the house.
According to the affidavit, Henderson had been interviewed twice and did not mention removing the evidence. but admitted during a third interview that she had taken it.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Henderson.
Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Henderson after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with tampering with evidence.