Former federal prisoner accused in Saturday shooting

A Pine Bluff man who was recently released from federal prison was arrested early Saturday morning after a shooting on the west side of the city.

Lawrence Rayfus, 35, allegedly shot LaDerrius Martin after an altercation between the two, Detective Jerry Lambert said during testimony at a court hearing Monday.

Lambert said police were sent to the area of 12th Avenue and Cypress Street at 1:30 a.m. in response to a report of a “man down.” When they arrived, officers found bystanders attending to Martin, who had been shot.

Before Martin was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center by ambulance, he allegedly told police he had been shot by a person he knew on the street as “Loco,” later identified as Rayfus.

Lambert said Martin was shot in the lower back and according to a doctor at the hospital, the bullet ruptured Martin’s kidney and damaged a lung. Martin underwent emergency surgery and was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.

Sheriff’s Investigator Randy Jackson contacted Lambert later Saturday with information about Rayfus, and the two arrested him and recovered a .45-caliber handgun believed to have been the weapon used in the shooting.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said that in addition to Rayfus serving a federal prison term, he has served sentences in the Arkansas prison system, and has a criminal history of “about 15 pages.”

Because of the lengthy prior record, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 cash-only bond for Rayfus after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first-degree battery and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Rayfus was also ordered to have no contact with Martin until the case is settled. He said he would hire his own attorney.