An Altheimer man who has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder stemming from an incident in 2018 was booked into the adult detention center Friday morning.
Joshua Lasley, 27, was accused of fatally shooting Rodney Scaife, 34, and Trevarland Smith, 34, both of North Little Rock on June 23 on Highway 15 near Tucker.
According to a sheriff’s report at the time, deputies responded to the reported shooting and found Scaife behind the driver’s wheel of a vehicle unresponsive. He had received an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Smith had also been shot and was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses to the incident told deputies that they had left in a vehicle going to Tucker for haircuts when the driver of the vehicle pulled over because Smith was flashing lights behind the driver’s truck. Scaife, who was a passenger in Smith’s truck got out and started talking to one of the other passengers when Lasley got out of the truck and walked around it.
Scaife pulled Smith’s truck in front of the other vehicle when Lasley walked up to Smith and started talking to him, then started shooting, hitting Scaife, then shot Smith before getting back into the truck, pointing a gun at the driver and telling him to move.
After the shooting, Lasley fled the scene and evaded capture for about a week before he was located at as house in Pine Bluff. He appeared in court on June 28, 2018 where a bond of $750,000 was set on probable cause of two counts of first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm as a result of prior convictions.
He has been scheduled for trial several times, the most recent in June but that case was continued and he is now set for trial beginning Nov. 13 in Fifth Division Circuit Court.