An argument over money and a gun is believed to be the motive for the shooting death of 19-year-old Corey Lee of Pine Bluff on Monday night.
According to police, Lee and the suspect, Emmanuel Foster, 28, were drinking and smoking marijuana together behind 1719 S. Linden St., when Foster confronted Lee about a gun that Lee allegedly had sold Foster that didn’t work. Foster allegedly wanted his money back.
Detective Temmiothy Johnson of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a probable-cause affidavit that Foster told police the two argued and Foster “thought Lee was going to reach for a gun so he pulled his own gun and fired shots.”
Foster also allegedly told police he fired shots at Lee “from behind while he was running away.”
Lee was pronounced dead at 10:02 p.m. by Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Erik Belcher, who listed the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds.
According to the affidavit, Lee had wounds to the head, chest and back.
The slaying was the third in Pine Bluff this year. Police have made arrests in all three cases.
Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said during the court hearing Wednesday that Foster was convicted of residential burglary, theft of property and fleeing in 2004, and has charges of terroristic threatening pending from an arrest last year.
Because of the prior conviction and pending charges, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney agreed to Pugh’s request and set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Foster after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Foster with first-degree murder.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Foster.