A Pine Bluff teenager was arrested Friday after police learned that he had allegedly hidden a gun used in a homicide.
Joshua McAfee, 18, reportedly got the gun from a 14-year-old who allegedly shot a 12-year-old on March 10, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Monday for McAfee.
The shooting victim, Quinshun Parks, died the March 11 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center of an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body.
Detective Steven Rucker reported that McAfee was with the victim and alleged shooter when the incident occurred, then put the gun in a backpack and left the scene. Because of his age, the name of the boy who allegedly shot Parks has not been released.
Kizer said when McAfee was questioned by police, he said he had given the gun to another person who took it to Little Rock.
Rucker reported that officers went to Little Rock in an attempt to locate the weapon but were unsuccessful, and the person McAfee claimed he gave the gun to denied any knowledge of its existence.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $5,000 bond for McAfee after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with tampering with evidence.
McAfee said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court May 14 at 9 a.m.
The prosecutor recently said his office would be filing a petition in juvenile court against the 14 year old suspect in Parks’ death.