PB police investigate Saturday homicide; 3rd incident in 2013


A Pine Bluff man died from apparent multiple gunshot wounds Saturday night.

Sidney Farver, 21, was pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m. Saturday by a doctor at the emergency room at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, according to Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley.

The shooting was reported on Cherry Street, but the exact location and details of the incident were not available.

Farver’s body will be sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office at Little Rock Sunday for an autopsy, Kelley said.

The incident was the second slaying in a week in Pine Bluff/Jefferson County and the third in the community this year.

The county recorded its first murder Jan. 19. Mendi Catherine Bell, 37, of Jefferson County, died from multiple stab wounds following an apparent domestic dispute at a house at 9704 Huntley Trail, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Bell’s husband, George Cage, 31, was arrested and is being held on probable cause of one count of capital murder stemming from Bell’s death. Since the state medical examiner’s office determined that Bell was pregnant, Cage could be charged with two counts of capital murder, according to Sheriff’s Department Major Lafayette Woods Jr.

Pine Bluff’s first homicide victim of the year, Roy Haltiwanger, 20, died Jan. 3 following a shooting in the 300 block of East 21st Avenue, just east of Georgia Street.

Haltiwanger was pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional Medical Center and the cause of death was listed as apparent multiple gunshot wounds.