Arrest made in Friday homicide


Pine Bluff police have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting death of a Pine Bluff woman early Friday.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley identified the victim as Cynthia Verdun, 37.

Chief Deputy Coroner David Westbrook pronounced Verdun dead at 4:47 a.m., and said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the upper body.

Kelley said the body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office at Little Rock later Friday morning.

Lt. Terry Hopson said Jamie Gutierrez, 30, was arrested after questioning and taken to the adult detention center where he is being held on probable cause of first-degree murder, pending an expected court appearance Tuesday.

The shooting occurred at 1719 S. Ohio St., Trailer No. 1. Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks said the initial call indicated that several black males were outside firing shots into the trailer, but Hubanks said the investigation led officers to believe that there were no outside parties involved.

Hopson said Gutierrez was injured during the incident and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The exact injuries to Gutierrez were not released.

The shooting is still under investigation and anyone with information should contact the Detective Division at 730-2090. All calls will be kept confidential.

Verdun’s death was the 10th homicide of the year in Jefferson County and the seventh inside the Pine Bluff city limits.

It was also the second recorded in May.

On May 9, police found the body of 2-month-old Corey Jones inside a house at 10 N. Richard Court after police and emergency medical personnel received a call that the infant was unresponsive.

The infant’s father, Ivory Jones, 23, was arrested and is being held on probable cause of first-degree murder, pending the filing of formal charges by the prosecuting attorney’s office. His bond was set at $225,000 cash only.