Suspect arrested in Saturday morning slaying

Pine Bluff police arrested a 21-year-old man Saturday in connection with an early-morning homicide on the city’s east side.

According to a news release from Lt. Bob Rawlinson, a PBPD spokesman, police arrested Sam Mosby at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday for capital murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Devan Ward of Pine Bluff. Rawlinson said police also recovered a weapon that is believed to have been used in the homicide.

Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of West 26th Avenue at about 8 a.m. Saturday, Rawlinson said, in response to reports of a car parked in the middle of the street blocking traffic. Upon arrival, officers found Ward in the passenger seat, unresponsive and not breathing. He was pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional Medical Center from an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said Ward’s body would be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy Saturday.

Rawlinson said Mosby is being held at a county detention facility pending the filing of formal charges by the prosecuting attorney.

Ward’s death is the sixth homicide reported so far this year in the Pine Bluff city limits. The death of another person, Roger Bohannon Jr., on March 9 was classified as suspicious and the state medical examiner’s office has not released an official ruling on that case.

Rawlinson said an investigation into Ward’s death is continuing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the police department’s Detective Division at 870-730-2090. All calls are kept confidential and a reward may be available.