A $100,000 bond has been set for a Tucker man accused of shooting his brother to death early Saturday morning.
On Sunday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond Sunday after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Ryan Lavell Reed, 21, with first-degree murder and with being a felon in possession of a firearm because of a 2010 conviction for robbery.
He is accused of shooting his brother, Nicholas Dejuan Reed, 22, also of Tucker, after the two reportedly got into a physical altercation after an argument.
The death was the seventh homicide of the year in Jefferson County, and the first outside the Pine Bluff city limits.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said Chief Deputy Coroner David Westbrook pronounced Nicholas Reed dead at 3:48 a.m., and listed the cause of death as an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body.
According to a probable-cause affidavit from Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Mickey Buffkin, deputies were sent to 10806 Highway 15 at Tucker at 1:50 a.m. Saturday. When they arrived, deputies received information that Ryan Reed had shot his brother, and left the house walking with the weapon. Ryan Reed was located a short time later in a nearby park and taken into custody.
Buffkin reported that a number of witnesses said that Ryan and his “baby’s mother” had been arguing, and Nicholas told Ryan to stop the arguing, which resulted in a physical altercation between the two brothers. Nicholas left the bedroom where the altercation occurred, and Ryan reportedly followed with a shotgun.
“Ryan then pointed the gun toward Nicholas and fired, causing Nicholas to fall in the kitchen area,” Buffkin said in the affidavit. “Ryan then walked over to where Nicholas was laying and struck him several times in the facial area with the ‘butt’ of the shotgun as he was stating to Nicholas, ‘I got you now, (expletives deleted.)’”
Buffkin said other witnesses said Ryan Reed then began walking through the neighborhood with the shotgun, breaking out numerous windows in several vehicles before he was arrested by deputies.
About 10 hours after the shooting, Ryan Reed waived his right to an attorney and reportedly told investigators that he and his “baby’s mother” were arguing when his brother started yelling at him, causing an altercation during which Nicholas allegedly struck Ryan in the face and knocked him to the floor.
“Afterwards, Nicholas left the bedroom and around three to five minutes later, Ryan retrieved a shotgun and walked into the living room where his girlfriend, his child, mother and stepfather were all present, and as Nicholas came from the back room, Ryan took the shotgun and shot Nicholas,” Buffkin said in the affidavit.