Murder suspect Samuel Kimmons is expected to make his initial court appearance in Pine Bluff District Court on Thursday morning after being returned to the city from Dallas on Wednesday afternoon by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies.
On Tuesday, Kimmons, 26, appeared before a judge in Tarrant County, Texas, and formally waived extradition to Pine Bluff to face a capital murder allegation in the May 27 shooting death of Carol Baker, 54, who was shot on the parking lot of the Lakeview Apartments at 509 W. Barraque St., and pronounced dead at the scene.
Kimmons was arrested in the early morning hours of July 4 in Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, and was transferred from the Irving City Jail to the Dallas County Jail because of an active warrant from Tarrant County.
Sheriff’s Department Major Lafayette Woods Jr. said Tarrant County authorities dropped their warrant, clearing the way for Kimmons’ return to Pine Bluff.
Three other Pine Bluff men — Kendal Porter, 23, Fitzpatrick Kemp, 34, and Michael Rentals, 19 — were arrested shortly after the incident and after appearing in court May 30, are being held without bond on probable cause of capital murder.
After the shooting, Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks said shell casings from four different calibers of weapons were found at the scene. Testifying at a probable-cause hearing for Porter, Kemp and Rentals, Detective Sgt. Bill Wiegand said a total of 22 shell casings were recovered from the parking lot.
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.