Pine Bluff police are continuing their investigation into a double homicide that occurred on the west side of the city in the early morning hours Tuesday.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley identified the victims as David Heard, 54, and Marquita Harris, 35, both of Pine Bluff. Deputy Coroner Eric Belcher pronounced Harris dead at 3:40 a.m. and Heard at 3:41 a.m. The cause of death for both was listed as gunshot wounds to the upper body.
Kelley said the bodies were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office at Little Rock for autopsies.
The deaths were the 19th and 20th homicides reported so far this year within the Pine Bluff city limits.
Police were sent to 4218 W. Hepburn St. at around 1:45 a.m. in reference to gunshots, and about an hour later, they were sent back to check the welfare of people in the house. The bodies were found at that time.
At the time of his death, Heard was out on bond stemming from an incident on Nov. 29, 2018, where he was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm but was also a victim.
In that incident, police said Heard exchanged gunshots with another man, identified as Jonnie Ray Allmond, in the 4300 block of West 15th Avenue. Witnesses at the scene said Allmond shot Heard and Heard returned fire, hitting Allmond.
Both men were taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center for treatment. Allmond is currently serving a prison sentence on non-related crimes.
Court records showed that Heard was convicted of multiple offenses including burglary, theft of property, being a felon in possession of a firearm and drug-related crimes dating back to 1981.
In 2015, Harris pleaded guilty to nine counts of forgery and theft of property stemming from an arrest in 2013 and pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated assault stemming from an incident in 2015.
She was sentenced to 60 months in prison at that time.
It is still early in the investigation, and the detectives are presently investigating. The motive of the shooting is still under investigation as well. There is no suspect information.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or Dispatch at 870-541-5300. Information can also be shared via Facebook at the contact information listed below.