Convicted felon accused of having gun

A Pine Bluff man who was placed on probation last week after pleading guilty to a burglary charge will have to post a $10,000 cash-only bond after he was accused of having a gun Tuesday afternoon.

After a court hearing Thursday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Christopher Harris, 19, with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Harris was arrested after police conducted a traffic stop in the Dollarway area on a vehicle that had an expired license tag.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Steve Rucker, Harris was driving the car and officers reported that Harris made suspicious movements toward the back compartment of the vehicle after it was stopped.

Kizer said Harris and three other people who were in the vehicle were asked to step out and were patted down for officer safety. When police checked the vehicle, they found a .25-caliber handgun under the seat.

Rucker said in the affidavit that the other three occupants of the vehicle all wrote statements saying Harris was the one who had the gun and that he had put it in the back floorboard.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Harris.