Cash-only bond set for shooting suspect


A $100,000 cash-only bond was set Monday for a man who allegedly shot another man last week.

Joseph Byrd, 26, is accused of the shooting. Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Byrd with first-degree battery and with being a felon in possession of a firearm because of a prior conviction.

Deputy Prosecutor Karres Manning said police were sent May 9 to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where the victim, Eddie Ringo, was being treated for a gunshot wound to the head. Police described the wound as “non-life threatening.”

Detective Steve Rucker said in a probable cause affidavit that Ringo told them, “Byrd shot me,” and had written the same thing in blood on a box in Ringo’s home where the incident occurred.

When Byrd was arrested, he allegedly told police he had gone to Ringo’s home to buy drugs and when he went outside to get his money, an unknown black male went into the house and shot Ringo.

Manning said Byrd had previously been convicted of commercial burglary and theft of property in 2007.

In addition to setting the bond, Kearney ordered Byrd to have no contact with Ringo until the case is settled.

Byrd said he would hire his own attorney.