Cash-only bond set for parolee accused of having gun

A $25,000 cash-only bond was set Monday for a man who is on parole after police reported finding a loaded gun in the vehicle he was driving Sunday.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Christopher Wayman, 31, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with possession of a firearm.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said Wayman was arrested after police vice and narcotics officers saw a vehicle pull out of the parking lot at PJ’s Nightclub at University Drive and McFadden Road, and make an improper turn into the wrong lane.

Detective James Huff of the Pine Bluff Police Department said in a probable-cause affidavit that Wyman, who was the driver, “was shaking and nervous” and officers saw a handgun in a pocket in the back of the driver’s seat. At that point, Wayman allegedly said “I don’t know nothing about no gun.”

Pugh said that when officers checked the gun, a .40-caliber Glock, they found that the serial number had been filed off and it was loaded with one round in the chamber and 15 in the magazine.

According to records at the prosecutor’s office, Wayman had previously been convicted on drug-related charges and for theft by receiving.

He was also listed as a parole absconder and even though Bridgforth set the bond, Wayman will not be able to post it until a hearing is held to determine whether he violated the conditions of his parole and should be sent back to prison.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Wayman.