A Jefferson County woman was stabbed to death and her husband was arrested in what authorities say was a domestic dispute that turned deadly Saturday afternoon on Huntley Trail Road.
Mendi Catherine Bell, 37, was pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional Medical Center by a doctor in the emergency room at 3:43 p.m. Saturday. The cause of death was listed as multiple stab wounds, Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said. Bell’s body will be sent to the state medical examiner’s office Sunday.
Her husband, George Cage, 31, originally from Mississippi, is being held at the W.C. Dub Brassell Adult Detention Center without bond on probable cause of capital murder pending an expected court appearance Tuesday.
Bell was found stabbed inside the house at 9704 Huntley Trail Road, according to Mayor Lafayette Woods Jr., operations commander with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
At 2:20 p.m., a 911 operator received a call about a possible shooting on Huntley Trail Road in Jefferson County. Cage told dispatchers that he had shot his wife, locked her two children out of the house and was not going to surrender unless deputies took him out, Woods said.
When deputies arrived, Bell was found with stab wounds and hadn’t been shot. No guns were found at the home.
After questioning Cage, officials believe the death was a result of a domestic dispute, Woods said.
The slaying was the second homicide of 2013 in the community and the first outside the Pine Bluff city limits. There were 18 homicides last year, 17 of them inside the Pine Bluff city limits.
The first homicide victim of 2013, Roy Haltiwanger, 20, died Jan. 3. He was found on the ground between 314 and 316 East 21st Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to JRMC where he was pronounced dead by a doctor in the emergency room.
Pine Bluff police are still investigating Haltiwanger’s death.