As Pine Bluff police continue their investigation into the shooting death of two teenagers last week, a third suspect made his initial court appearance Tuesday, as did three juveniles being held on probable cause of a related incident. They are being charged as adults.
Dontarrius Brown, 18, was identified by a witness as one of several men who exited a grey Mercury Grand Marquis carrying rifles on June 21 and shot at the occupants of a red Honda in the 2400 block of South Fir Street. The same witness also described the clothing Brown was wearing at the time, which matched the clothing worn by one of the suspects seen on video that police obtained.
Brown is being held without bond on capital murder and committing a terroristic act charges.
The occupants of the Honda, Keandre Johnson, 17, and Kelvonte K. Trammell, 17, were shot multiple times. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene, and Trammell was pronounced dead by a doctor at Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he had been taken by a private vehicle.
In addition to Brown, Jermaine Jackson Jr., 18, and Carl Turner Jr., 18, have also been arrested and are being held at the adult detention center with no bond on two allegations of capital murder and two allegations of committing a terroristic act, pending the filing of formal charges. Police are also expecting to arrest an additional suspect in the case.
Police say video from the scene showed a white Dodge Charger traveling toward 24th Avenue on Fir Street with a grey Mercury Marquis heading in the same direction; three subjects were seen walking west on 24th Avenue from the area where the Dodge Charger was last seen. The video also showed the Honda being shot at, and as the Dodge Charger backed up, the three suspects tried to get in it but were unsuccessful.
The video also showed the Grand Marquis backing up and three men running toward it. There were no passengers in the car when it backed up but when it was seen leaving the area, there were several other people in the vehicle, which, according to police, was driven by Jackson.
Regarding Brown’s involvement, Moheb reported that a second witness identified him as one of the men armed with a rifle who got out of the Grand Marquis and shot at the Honda. Police said that vehicle had multiple bullet holes in it. Brown turned himself in Sunday and when he was questioned Monday, admitted he was at the scene where the shooting occurred but said he did not have a gun.
The three juveniles, Delvion Taggart, 16, Vincent Tyler Jr., 17, and Cary Sharpe, 16, were linked to the white Dodge Charger, which was later determined to be stolen.
Pine Bluff Detective DeShawn Bennett reported that Trammell and another gunshot victim who was not identified and who police said received a “non-life-threatening injury” arrived at the hospital in the white Dodge Charger, along with Deondrick Clark, 20, who is out on bond after being charged with capital murder in the December 2017 shooting death of Willie Oglesby Jr., 28, whose body was found inside a car that was sitting in the street in the area of West 29th Avenue and Hazel Street.
Clark was seen standing beside the front passenger door of the Charger when officers arrived at the hospital. Taggart and Tyler had run into the JRMC emergency room, and Sharpe, who was identified as the driver, could not be located at the time. A black backpack containing three handguns was found on the front passenger side floorboard, and one of the guns in it had been reported stolen. Clark was not questioned after he asked for an attorney.
Taggart was questioned with his mother present and admitted that he had been in the car when the shooting occurred. Tyler was also questioned with his mother present and admitted being in the car when the shots were fired.
Sharpe was not located until Friday, a day after the shooting. With his mother present, he told police he had been driving the car, which he said belonged to Keandre Johnson, one of the shooting victims.
Because of the pending charges, a $100,000 cash-only bond was set for Clark last week. On Tuesday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 secured bond for Taggart, Tyler and Sharpe after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge them with theft by receiving.