In 2007, Samuel Kimmons was placed on five years of probation after pleading guilty to theft by receiving and committing a terroristic act.
Four years later, that probation was restarted under the same terms and conditions as previously established for him, which included drug treatment, community service, paying all his fines, fees and costs and obtaining a GED.
Despite multiple violations of that probation, Kimmons remained free, and he is now accused of capital murder in the May 27 shooting death of Carol Baker, 54, who was shot on the parking lot of the Lakeview Apartments and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Kimmons made his first court appearance in Pine Bluff District Court on Thursday morning after he was brought back to the city from Dallas, where he had been held at the Tarrant County Jail since being arrested in Irving, Texas, on July 4. Kimmons appeared before a Texas judge on Tuesday and waived extradition to Pine Bluff.
His list of probation violations includes testing positive for drugs multiple times, failing to report for drug treatment multiple times and being dropped from a drug treatment program.
Those violations, and the fact that his probation had not been revoked, don’t sit well with Natasha Cooper, a daughter of Baker who was in court with other family members Thursday.
“I couldn’t believe he was still out after all the things he had done,” Cooper said outside the courthouse.”Why wasn’t he put away?”
According to a petition that has now been filed to revoke his probation, Kimmons tested positive for drugs at least eight times between July 25, 2011, and June 26, 2012, and was dropped from the drug treatment program in July 2012 for lack of participation.
He was also accused of not paying his fines and fees, performing his community service or getting his GED.
Kimmons was the final suspect linked to the death of Baker. Three other men, Kendal Porter, 23, Fitzpatrick Kemp, 34, and Michael Rentals, 19, were arrested shortly after the incident and are being held without bond at the county detention center pending the filing of formal charges. Kimmons will also be held without bond.
“I think Momma’s looking down from heaven in peace now because they’re all locked up where they should be,” Cooper said. “She was a beautiful person and would help anybody. She would literally take the shirt off her back for somebody if they needed it.”
After the shooting, Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks said shell casings from four different weapons were found on the parking lot. Testifying at a court hearing May 30, Detective Sgt. Bill Wiegand said a total of 22 shell casings were recovered.
On the night of her death, Baker had gone to the apartment complex to pick up her grandchildren and was standing on the parking lot with one of those children and their mother when the shooting occurred.
“She had gone to pick up her grandchildren to get them ready for school the next day,” Cooper said. “She was doing what she should have been doing.”
If convicted of capital murder, all four men could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or death by lethal injection.