Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct date of the homicide.
A Pine Bluff woman accused of shooting a man to death in August has been formally charged with the crime.
Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter charged Lecole Wilson, 20, with first-degree murder in the Aug. 28 death of Jamonte Smith, 20, who was found on the floor of a house with a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
During a probable cause hearing for Wilson, who was arrested at the scene, Pine Bluff Detective Deshawn Bennett said Wilson lied about what happened, saying first that she and Smith were outside the house when Smith was hit by a stray bullet. Surveillance video from neighboring houses did not show Smith or Wilson outside the house, and Wilson then gave a second statement to police.
In that statement, she said that she had been inside the house and Smith had been outside, then he came running into the house saying he had been shot.
Bennett said surveillance video did not back up that story either, and in a third statement, Wilson admitted shooting Smith in the chest.
During the hearing, Bennett said Wilson's mother, who owns the house, and her grandmother arrived and gave police permission to search the house. Wilson, however, refused a request to search her bedroom, and detectives obtained a search warrant. A .22-caliber handgun was found under the mattress, and a .22-caliber shell casing was found hidden in Wilson's underwear.
In response to a question from Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn, Bennett said it appeared Wilson was attempting to hide the evidence.
Bond for Wilson was set at $50,000.
Through the first 10 months of this year, there have been 17 homicides reported inside the Pine Bluff city limits. Last year, a total of 28 homicides were reported for the year including seven during the months of November and December.