Two Pine Bluff men arrested in separate homicides earlier this year have been formally charged with the crimes.
Last week, Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter charged Jonathan Wyshawn Jones, 21, with first-degree murder and Ivory Jones, 23, (no relation) with capital murder.
Jonathan Jones is accused of shooting Bendrell Urquhart, 24, who was pronounced dead after police responded to a reported shooting at 4410 W. Hepburn St., on April 26, and Ivory Jones is accused in the death of his 2-month-old son, Corey Jones, inside a house at 10 N. Richard Court on May 9.
During a probable cause hearing for Jonathan Jones on May 6, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said a witness told police Jones had come to the house to buy marijuana from Urquhart, and said he was going to go outside to get his money.
Detective Jeremy Oswalt said in a probable-cause affidavit that Jones pulled out a silver handgun and shot Urquhart twice before fleeing the scene. Jones was identified as a suspect after police showed a witness a photo lineup.
Urquhart’s brother, Rashad Urquhart, allegedly shot Jones after the incident and Jones, who was not identified as a suspect until the following Monday, was treated for that wound at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
Rashad Urquhart allegedly told police he threw the gun he used away. He had previously been accused of hindering apprehension or prosecution for not telling police of Jones’ alleged involvement in the shooting.
Bond for Jonathan Jones was set at $250,000 and during the probable-cause hearing he said he would hire his own attorney.
During a probable-cause hearing for Ivory Jones on May 10, Detective Jerry Lambert said police and emergency medical personnel were sent to the house after receiving a call that a child was “unresponsive.”
Lambert said Ivory Jones told police he awakened and found his son “cold, pale and unresponsive” and emergency medical personnel worked on the child “to no avail” before contacting the coroner’s office.
During the initial investigation, Lambert said, Jones gave police a false name and it was only later that they determined his true identity. He allegedly admitted giving the false name because there was an active warrant for his arrest that had been issued after he failed to appear in court in June 2012.
Jones also allegedly told police “he had been on the run for about a year,” Lambert said during the court hearing.
Lambert also said Jones initially said his “2- or 3-year-old boxer had caused the death by lying against the infant but the dog had nothing to do with it.”
According to Lambert’s testimony, Ivory Jones “has an extensive criminal history, is on probation, and has drug charges pending in Jefferson County Circuit Court.”
Ivory Jones will be held without bond at the adult detention center.