A continuing investigation into the shooting death of a Pine Bluff man on Oct. 1 has resulted in the arrest of a second person allegedly involved in the case.
Herbert Wash, 21, allegedly gave a gun to the accused shooter, Marcus Halton, who was arrested and is being held on probable cause of capital murder in the death of George Edward Haney.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Jeremy Oswalt, Wash said Halton, 22, came to his house on Oct. 1 and asked to borrow Wash’s gun, then left with the gun.
Oswalt said in the affidavit that Halton returned about 10 minutes later, gave the gun back to Wash, and allegedly said, “I think I just shot him.”
Wash told police he took the gun to the railroad tracks at 10th Avenue and Hazel Street and threw the gun down the tracks, Oswalt said in the affidavit. A search of the area failed to locate the gun.
Records at the prosecutor’s office indicated that Wash is currently on probation after pleading guilty to six counts of aggravated assault and one count of terroristic threatening stemming from an incident in 2011. Wash has been in jail since Oct. 4 when he was arrested on an alias bench warrant issued by Circuit Judge Jodi Raines Dennis.
Haney, 47, was found shot inside his truck at 9:26 a.m. after police responded to the area of 1020 S. Hazel St. to investigate a reported shooting. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley, who listed the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the upper body.
Halton was identified as a suspect after two witnesses came forward, including one who told police that Halton was trying to rob Haney and that he and Haney struggled over the gun before Haney was shot.
During a probable cause hearing for Halton on Oct. 4, Oswalt said the second witness also told police that Halton had used his cell phone to call Haney and asked him to come back after Haney had dropped him off in the area of the shooting. A check of Halton’s cell phone showed that a call to Haney’s cell phone was made six minutes before the report of shots fired. A check of Haney’s cell phone indicated that the last call received had been from Haney’s cell phone.
Halton is being held without bond pending the filing of formal charges.
On Tuesday, Dennis ruled prosecutors had probable cause to charge Wash with hindering apprehension or prosecution and with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bond on those allegations was set at $25,000 cash only.
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