A 21-year-old Pine Bluff man accused of shooting another man to death on April 26 will be held without bond while prosecutors prepare felony charges against him.
Jonathan Jones surrendered to police last Friday afternoon after he was identified as a suspect in the death of Bendrell Urquhart, 24, who was pronounced dead after police responded to a reported shooting at 4410 W. Hepburn St., at 10:52 p.m. on April 26.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled Monday that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Jones with capital murder.
Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during the court hearing that a witness told police Jones had come to the house to buy marijuana from Urquhart, and said he was going to go outside to get his money.
Detective Jeremy Oswalt said in a probable cause affidavit that Jones pulled out a silver handgun and shot Urquhart twice before fleeing the scene.
Jones was identified as a suspect after police showed a witness a photo lineup, police said.
Urquhart’s brother, Rashad Urquhart, allegedly shot Jones after the incident, and Jones, who was not identified as a suspect until the following Monday, was treated for that wound at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
Rashad Urquhart also told police he threw the gun he used away. He had previously been accused of hindering apprehension or prosecution for not telling police about Jones’ alleged involvement in the homicide.
At the time of his death, Bendrell Urquhart was out on bond after being arrested in April on the parking lot of P.J.’s Nightclub for possession of ecstasy.
Other charges including rape, kidnapping and terroristic threatening had been filed against Bendrell Urquhart stemming from a prior incident.
Jones said in court Monday that he would hire his own attorney.
There have been eight homicides this year in Jefferson County, five of them inside the Pine Bluff city limits.