New allegations made against Payton

A Pine Bluff man who has been in jail since late July on multiple charges was back in court Wednesday, accused of attempting to cash a stolen money order.

Barry Payton, 22, allegedly tried to cash a $360.09 postal money order July 13 at the post office on Fir Street, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court appearance for Payton.

Detective Mike Sweeney said in a probable cause affidavit the money order was one of two that were reportedly stolen from a parked vehicle in the 4000 block of Old Warren Road. About an hour after the report was made at 9 a.m., postal officials contacted police to report that a man was trying to cash one of the money orders.

Kizer said postal workers tried to detain Payton, but he ran out of the building as police were walking in, leaving the money order and an Arkansas identification card. A search of the area was unsuccessful.

Sweeney said in the probable cause affidavit that Payton also left his vehicle at the post office, and the second money order was found in plain sight in the front seat.

Kizer said in addition to the multiple allegations pending against Payton, he is on parole and a warrant charging him with violating conditions of that parole has been served.

At Kizer’s request, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 cash-only bond for Payton after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with forgery and theft of property.

Late last week, a $50,000 cash-only bond was set for Payton on allegations of burglary and theft of property.

Payton said he would hire his own attorney.