Warren man held without bond in Monticello homicide


Circuit Judge Don Glover on Monday found probable cause to hold a Warren man without bond for capital murder in connection with the Friday night shooting death in Monticello of a 30-year-old Cleveland County woman.

Jonathan Woods, 30, of Warren is suspected of firing multiple gunshots at 30-year-old Samantha Poole before he was wounded by a gunshot.

During Woods’ first appearance hearing, held via video link from the Desha County Courthouse to a hospital where Woods is being treated, Arkansas State Police agent Matt Roberson testified that Poole was shot multiple times.

Glover found probable cause to hold Woods for capital murder and denied bond. The judge appointed the public defender to represent Woods.

The shooting, which occurred at 7:39 p.m. Friday at the corner of North Hyatt and West Trotter streets, began as a domestic incident, according to State Police spokesman Bill Sadler.

Sadler said Saturday morning it was an officer-involved shooting but disclosed no additional details. He said police are not releasing any additional information until an autopsy and ballistics tests are complete.

However, 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen clarified the officer-involvement.

“He discharged his handgun at the suspect, who was wounded,” Deen said. “The investigation is continuing.”

Drew County Deputy James Slaughter, the officer who discharged his firearm at the suspect, is on administrative leave pending the result of an investigation, according to Drew County Chief Deputy Sheriff Robin Hood.

In a Sunday afternoon statement thanking witnesses, police and emergency responders, Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton said, “To Deputy James Slaughter, you were the only officer at that moment that could have done what had to be done due to crossfire and background. You made a safe and accurate decision that brought the incident to a stop.”