Formal charges have been filed against a Pine Bluff man accused of shooting another man to death in August.
Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter has charged Curtis Beavers Jr., 34, with first-degree murder in the death of Theodis Morris, 47, whose body was found in front of an apartment a 1320 S. Maple St. on Aug. 2 and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley listed the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds.
Witnesses who were present and interviewed by police identified Beavers as the person who shot Morris, according to a probable cause affidavit from Pine Bluff Detective Steve Rucker that was presented in court after Beavers was arrested.
Rucker reported that the witnesses said Beavers was in the parking lot when Morris went to approach him. They said Beavers pulled a handgun from his waist and started shooting at Morris, who tried to flee to his apartment before collapsing. After the shooting, witnesses said Beavers fled in a white car.
Beavers came to the detective office on Aug. 8 after learning that police were looking for him and, when questioned, said he was not there at the time of the shooting. He said he arrived at the apartments and saw police.
Beavers is currently on probation after entering a plea to charges of first-degree battery and discharging a firearm from a vehicle stemming from an incident on July 8, 2017. Beavers fired shots from a car and one of the shots hit Jeremy Littleton in the abdomen. He was identified by witnesses who were shown a set of photos and Littleton was able to tell police the first name of the man who shot him.
Bond for Beavers was set at $100,000.