Third person linked to Sunday homicide


An investigation into the shooting death of a Pine Bluff man and the wounding of a second Sunday night took a different twist Tuesday during a probable cause hearing in Jefferson County District Court when a third person was linked to the incident.

On Monday, police said Reginald Lee, 26, and John Burnett Jr., 18, shot each other. Burnett was killed and Lee received gunshot wounds to the back and neck.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective William Freeman that was presented in court Tuesday, further investigation has led police to believe Lee was actually shot by Jordan Tillman, 19, who was allegedly with Burnett when the incident occurred.

Burnett was found at the intersection of Bell Street and L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the upper chest.

Police found Lee on the floor of a house at 2504 Reeker Street bleeding and he was also taken to the hospital where he was treated and has since been released.

Freeman said in the affidavit that Lee had gone to the area of Hill and Reeker streets to sell marijuana to Burnett and Tillman and when Tillman pulled out the money, Burnett shot Lee.

Sgt. David DeFoor said Monday police recovered two weapons allegedly involved in the shooting.

District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Tillman after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first-degree battery.

Tillman, who said he would hire his own attorney, was also ordered to have no contact with Lee until the case is settled.