A $3 million bond was set Friday for a Pine Bluff man who faces a capital murder charge after deputies say he was involved in an alleged robbery in which another suspect was killed when their getaway car crashed.
The bond was set for Elijah Cooley, 30, of Pine Bluff when he appeared before a Pulaski County judge Friday, according to a clerk in the Pulaski County prosecutor’s office. The murder charge stems from the death of Cloie Joles, 36, of Pine Bluff. Cooley is also facing charges of aggravated robbery.
A second suspect, Reddie Robert Stanley, 24, of Pine Bluff, was still in the hospital Friday, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Carl Minden said in an email news release. Minden said Stanley has warrants for the same charges as Cooley. Currently, he is under guard at the hospital until he can be released and booked into the Pulaski County jail.
Stanley was pinned in the vehicle after the accident and sustained several broken bones, according to a police affidavit.
Joles died en route to the hospital Monday after police allege the three robbed a 77-year-old man at his home in Hensley. The wreck occurred at 4700 W. Hensley Road, less than a mile away from the robbery site.
The alleged robbery occurred at about 10 p.m. Monday. The alleged victim told sheriff’s deputies that a woman knocked on his door and said her vehicle had broken down, according to the affidavits. Two men then forced their way in. During a struggle, one of the men sprayed the alleged victim in the eyes with something he believed to be pepper spray.
The group took his cell phone, $400 in cash and his driver’s license, most of which was later recovered at the crash site.
Joles was unconscious in the passenger seat and Stanley was hanging out of the driver’s side window with his legs pinned inside.
A witness reported to deputies that he saw a third person — later identified by deputies as Cooley — flee from the scene of the accident. Deputies found Cooley after he was admitted to a Little Rock hospital and interviewed him there. According to the affidavit, Cooley told deputies that he was at the scene of the robbery and that he, Stanley and Joles fled in the vehicle. He said that Stanley was driving and both he and Joles asked him several times to slow down.