A Pine Bluff man accused of shooting two people to death early Saturday morning will be held without bond on probable cause of capital murder, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled Tuesday.
Adrian Patillo, 31, allegedly shot Jennifer Wainwright, 34, and Marcus Thorns, 44, at Marky D’s, 1209 N. University Drive, at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday.
Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Kim Phillips pronounced Wainwright dead at 3:17 a.m. and Thorns dead at 3:18 a.m. and said the cause of death for both was gunshot wounds.
Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the initial police investigation indicated that Patillo went to a relative’s house where he took a 9-millimeter handgun, then drove to Marky D’s, a business on University Drive, where he reportedly went into the restroom and chambered a round into the gun.
Detective Steven Rucker reported that Wainwright was on the parking lot when Patillo walked up to her and shot her in the head, then went to a trailer where Thorns was inside, opened the door, and shot Thorns in the chest.
The deaths were the ninth and 10th in Jefferson County this year, and the eighth and ninth inside the Pine Bluff city limits.
Kizer said after Patillo shot Wainwright and Thorns, he ran from the scene and received a gunshot wound to the right thigh, which witnesses said was self-inflicted, and also got rid of the gun, which police have not been able to locate.
Patillo reportedly ran to a business in the 1000 block of North University Drive where he told several people “someone shot me,” Rucker said in his report.
Patillo was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was treated for a gunshot wound, then to the adult detention center where he is currently being held.
Rucker reported that Patillo waived his right to an attorney and claimed Wainwright “pulled a gun on him,” and said Patillo claimed he “got the gun away from Wainwright and shot my way out of there.”
The suspect is the brother of Christopher Patillo, 28, whose body was found inside a parked vehicle in the area of 24th Avenue and Plum Street on Jan. 19. He had been shot to death and no arrests have been made as yet in that shooting.
Aisha Mitchell, who identified herself as the godmother of Wainwright’s infant daughter, said Christopher Patillo was the baby’s father. She said Thorns ran a detail shop and had been a mentor to Christopher Patillo.
Mitchell described Wainwright as “a good girl.”
“She was still mourning the loss of her baby’s dad,” Mitchell said. “She never bothered anybody. She wasn’t a troublemaker. She just smiled all the time.”
Mitchell said Wainwright and Christopher Patillo had planned to be married in February.
“It’s just sad,” Mitchell said. “Now the baby doesn’t have a mother or a father.”
Mitchell said Thorns had been “a role model for Chris.” In fact, she said, Thorns still had one of Christopher Patillo’s cars at his detail shop.
“He was a decent fellow,” Mitchell said of Thorns. “I’ve never known him to bother anybody. … It’s just a sad thing that they’re gone.”
In addition to the current allegations, Kizer said Adrian Patillo has prior convictions on drug-related charges, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, aggravated assault and terroristic act, and had served time in the penitentiary.
Patillo said he would hire his own attorney.