A man who allegedly stabbed his wife after a domestic incident Saturday will be held at the county detention center without bond after a court hearing Tuesday.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled prosecutors had probable cause to charge George Cage, 31, with capital murder in the stabbing death of his wife, Mendi Catherine Bell, 37, at a house at 9704 Huntley Trail.
Sheriff’s Investigator Randy Jackson reported that Bell was found in an automobile about a block away from the house waiting for emergency medical personnel and was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where a doctor in the emergency room pronounced her dead on arrival at 3:43 p.m.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said the cause of death was listed as multiple stab wounds.
Jackson reported that deputies were sent to the house after an emergency dispatcher received a call from a man, later identified as Cage, who said he had shot his wife and was not going to come out of the house until deputies took him out.
When deputies arrived, they ordered Cage to come out of the house with his hands in the air and he complied and was taken into custody.
Cage reportedly told deputies “he did not mean to stab his wife. He just snapped, grabbed a knife and stabbed Bell several times in the face, neck and back,” Jackson said in the affidavit.
One of Bell’s children, who witnessed the incident, told deputies he saw Cage stab Bell “in the back area as she was leaving the house.”
Jackson reported that when Cage was questioned, he said he and Bell had argued because Bell’s son had made racial slurs.
Cage is black. Bell was white as well as her son.
Reportedly, the argument became heated before Cage allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Bell.
Jackson reported that a kitchen knife with blood on it was found in the front yard of the house.
Although Cage, who is reportedly originally from Mississippi, is being held on probable cause of capital murder, Prosecutor S. Kyle Hunter said Tuesday his office will wait until they get the complete case file from the sheriff’s department before making a decision on the appropriate charge in the case.
The slaying was the second of the year in Jefferson County and the first outside the Pine Bluff city limits.