Cash-only bond set in Christmas night shooting


A $250,000 cash-only bond was set Monday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly shot another man Christmas night.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Randy Carter, 22, with first-degree battery and with aggravated assault.

The victim, Marquez Strong, 21, was shot multiple times, including once in the head, and is currently in a Little Rock hospital. Lt. David Price said Monday that Strong remains in critical condition.

During the court hearing Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said police were sent to 315 E. 21st Ave., where they found Strong unresponsive on the porch.

A witness told police they had been outside with Carter having an altercation with him, then went into the house where Carter allegedly pointed a gun at the witness and made threats before going back outside.

Kizer said Strong was present and attempted to “deter Carter from any further activity” before the shooting.

Detective Temmonthy Johnson said in the affidavit that Carter was found Saturday night hiding in a house and was taken into custody.

A second person, Terrence Harris, 33, who was arrested on a charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution, was released pending further investigation.

Kizer said Carter is currently on felony probation after pleading guilty to burglary charges.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Carter to have no contact with the witnesses until the case is settled.

Carter said he would hire his own attorney.