Suspect identified in Friday homicide; Second homicide recorded Sunday


Pine Bluff police have identified a suspect in the shooting death of a man Friday on the west side of the city.

Police issued a be-on-the-lookout alert for Jonathan Jones, 21, who is considered armed and dangerous.

Jones is wanted on probable cause of capital murder in the death of Bendrell Urquhart, 24, who was pronounced dead at 11:38 p.m. at 4410 W. Hepburn St. by Deputy Coroner Eric Belcher.

The cause of death was listed as apparent gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Jones is a black male, 5-feet, 5-inches tall, weighing 135 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Jones is asked to contact Detective Jeremy Oswalt at 730-2102 or call the Detective Division at 730-2090. All calls will be kept confidential and a reward may be available for information that leads to an arrest.

A second shooting Sunday night resulted in the death of a Pine Bluff woman in what police are calling a murder-attempted suicide.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley identified the victim in that case as Betty Goldman, who was pronounced dead at 1:16 a.m. after police were called to 2504 Kenwood St. Goldman’s age was unclear Monday because police and coroner’s office records listed differing ages at 73 or 81, respectively.

Chief Deputy Coroner David Westbrook listed the cause of death as an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body.

Her husband, James Goldman, whose age was listed as 83 in the police news release, was also shot and taken to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock. Police said early Monday that James Goldman was in the Intensive Care Unit at the Little Rock hospital.

An investigation into that shooting is continuing and no further information was immediately available.

Kelley said both bodies have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office at Little Rock for an autopsy.

The two deaths bring to eight the number of homicides in Jefferson County so far this year. Five of those have been inside the Pine Bluff city limits.