Formal charges have been filed against a Pine Bluff woman accused of shooting a man to death in June.
Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter charged Crystal Joy Scott-Paxson, 40, with first-degree murder stemming from the death of James S. Johnson, 65, on June 9.
Johnson was found on a couch at 4301 Robin Hood Lane at about 11 p.m. and pronounced dead at the scene by Chief Deputy Coroner David Westbrook.
Police said Johnson had been shot five times.
During a probable cause hearing for Scott-Paxson on June 11, Deputy Prosecutor Rik Ramsey said when police arrived at the house, they were met by Scott-Paxson who said that “she didn’t mean to shoot him.”
A silver colored revolver believed to be the murder weapon was located inside the house and Scott-Paxson was arrested without incident.
The probable cause affidavit for the shooting did not indicate a motive.
Bond for Scott-Paxson was set at $250,000 and during arraignment in Pine Bluff District Court Tuesday, Judge John Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent her.
Because a weapon was involved, Scott-Paxson, if convicted of murder, could also face an enhanced penalty of up to 15 years in prison, which she would have to serve consecutively, or after any sentence on the murder charge.
The case was assigned to Second Division Circuit Judge Rob Wyatt Jr.