Juvenile homicide suspect to be charged as adult

A 16-year-old boy will be charged as an adult in the Sunday night shooting death of a 21-year-old Pine Bluff man.

Curtis Ladd Jr., who listed an address in North Little Rock, is accused in the shooting of William Roby Jr. Roby’s body was found in the yard of a duplex at 3009 S. Ash St., after police responded to a report of a shooting at 8:35 p.m. Sunday.

Ladd’s mother contacted police Monday after allegedly receiving phone calls saying that her son had shot someone, and then brought him to the Detective Division for questioning.

The slaying was the sixth of the year in Jefferson County, and the third inside the Pine Bluff city limits.

During a court hearing Wednesday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Roby was found with a gunshot wound to the right side of the stomach and was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead either during or after surgery.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said Roby was pronounced dead by Dr. Michelle Eckert at 10:36 p.m. Sunday. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound.

Detective Jeremy Funderburg said in a probable cause affidavit that witnesses at the duplex told officers that Ladd and Roby had been involved in an argument inside the residence, then went outside before the witnesses heard a shot.

Kizer said one of the witnesses also told police that they “saw Ladd point a gun and fire at Roby.”

In the probable-cause affidavit, Funderburg said Ladd also allegedly “apologized to Roby” before fleeing the scene.

Kizer said that when Ladd was questioned by police, he gave them several conflicting statements about what happened.

At the request of Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter, Kizer asked for a $250,000 bond for Ladd on probable cause of first-degree murder, a request that Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth agreed to.

Ladd told the court he would talk to his parents about hiring an attorney for him, and Bridgforth declined to appoint the Public Defender’s Office at this time.

Bridgforth told Ladd to come back to court May 1.