A Pine Bluff man who was beaten by the brother of his girlfriend on June 2 has died as a result of his injuries, and the man accused of beating him is facing a capital murder allegation.
Henry L. Johnson Jr., 57, died at a Little Rock hospital Tuesday night. Johnson had originally been taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center but was transferred to Little Rock by air ambulance. This was the 12th homicide reported in Pine Bluff so far this year, two more than were reported in all of 2016.
The man accused of beating Johnson, Allen Claggett, 43, of Pine Bluff, was arrested and has been held at the adult detention center on probable cause of first-degree battery, along with a separate allegation of second offense third-degree battery. A $50,000 bond was set during a court hearing June 6.
Those charges will now be upgraded, prosecutors said. Claggett is scheduled for a court hearing on the murder allegation Thursday morning. According to a Pine Bluff Police Department report, officers on June 2 were sent to 1721 S. Hickory St. to assist the ambulance service with a patient who was reportedly having a seizure. When they arrived, they spoke to Claggett’s sister, Nancy Claggett, who said that her brother had accused Johnson, who was her boyfriend, of beating her.
Nancy Claggett said she told her brother that Johnson had not beaten her, and Allen Claggett became upset and began hitting her in the face with his fist multiple times.Pine Bluff Police Detective Jeremy Oswalt reported that Johnson tried to intervene, and Allen Claggett hit him in the face several times, causing Johnson to fall to the floor. Allen Claggett then began stomping Johnson with his foot.
Nancy Claggett said she ran outside to call for help, and her brother made her come back inside; later in the morning, she called an ambulance when Johnson began vomiting and having an apparent seizure. Medical personnel reported that Johnson had massive head injuries, and according to the affidavit from Oswalt, Johnson had blood and fluid leaking from both ears. Nancy Claggett had a black right eye and swelling to her face. She declined medical treatment at the scene and said she would get herself to the hospital.
Allen Claggett was arrested later in the day, but not before he allegedly called Johnson’s sister, saying that he had never touched Johnson and that Johnson had a seizure. The sister told police that Allen Claggett had called her several times.