Police have arrested a 21-year-old they are accusing of two Pine Bluff homicides.
Percy Jackson is accused in two separate incidents that are about a year apart:
• The Jan. 26, 2013, shooting death of Sidney Farver Jr., 21;
• And the Jan. 18, 2014, triple shooting that killed Keson Coney, 40, and injured Stacey Rucker, 42, and Marcus Brown, 41.
Jackson was arrested on two counts of capital murder and two counts of first-degree battery, Pine Bluff Police Department spokesman Officer Richard Wegner said Wednesday.
Wegner said the investigation into the incidents is ongoing, but called the arrest a major step toward closing two separate cases.
Jackson will be held without bond pending an upcoming court appearance, which is expected Thursday or Friday in district court.
On Jan. 26, 2013, police were called at 7:30 p.m. about shots being fired in the area of 18th Avenue and Elm Street. A short time later, Farver drove himself to the Church’s Chicken at 16th Avenue and Cherry Street, where an ambulance and police were called, according to articles from the time.
He was pronounced dead that same evening by a doctor at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center emergency room. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds.
On Jan. 18, 2014, police were called at 6:45 p.m. to a triple shooting in the 1800 block of Beech Street. Coney was taken by ambulance from the scene and died at 10:45 p.m. during surgery. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds, according to articles from the time.
The three were shot in a car in front of a house at 1802 S. Beech St. Later on the evening of the shooting, Brown was described as being in critical condition and Rucker was listed as stable. A press release Wednesday said both are recovering from their wounds.
Lt. Denise Richardson, who is commanding officer of the evening shift detectives, said in the press release there was “excellent teamwork between both the day and evening shift of the detective division that allowed these cases to reach this point.”
Police are “very confident” in Jackson’s arrest, according to the release.
“Although an arrest is a major step in any investigation,” Wenger stated in the press release, “the case is not closed. The investigation into both crimes continues.”
Anyone with information on either case is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or the dispatch center at 870-541-5300.
In January 2013, Farver’s death was the fourth homicide recorded in Jefferson County for 2013 and the second in the Pine Bluff city limits. For comparison, one homicide — Coney’s — has been recorded in the county for the year so far in 2014.
Farver’s death was one of four homicides inside the Pine Bluff city limits that remained unsolved at the end of 2013.
No arrest has been made in the shooting deaths of Roderick Dolls, 28, and Joseph “Jo Jo” Campbell, 20, whose bodies were found inside a parked car in the area of West 29th Avenue and Locust Street on Dec. 3.
An investigation is also continuing into the May 24 death of Cynthia Verdun, 37, who died inside a mobile home at 1729 S. Ohio St. Jamie Gutierrez, 30, was arrested but then was released pending further investigation.
There were a total of 18 homicides within the Pine Bluff city limits in 2013. There were 21 in 2012.