A Pine Bluff man accused of capital murder was back in court Wednesday on new allegations relating to a prior incident.
Marlo Carter, 29, was accused of pointing a gun at another person at an apartment on Linden Street on Oct. 11.
Carter and a female, Jameisha McClain, 29, are being held without bond in the Oct. 14 shooting death of Richard Ratliff, 69, who was found in a bathtub in the 2200 block of West 10th Avenue and pronounced dead at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds.
Regarding the latest allegation, Detective Chris Wieland said in a probable cause affidavit that officers assigned to the violent crimes unit picked up an individual that was wanted for questioning in a forgery incident and brought him to the detective office. During an interview, the man said he was at an apartment in the 1000 block of Linden Street Oct. 11 “hanging out with a friend” when there was a knock on the door.
The man said he answered the door and Carter came into the room and hit him in the face with a black handgun that had tape around the handle. Carter reportedly ask the man “where is the money” and when the man said he did not know what Carter was talking about, Carter reportedly handed the gun to a second individual and told the individual to shoot him. The alleged victim said the second individual refused and gave the gun back to Carter and he and Carter then struggled over the gun. The alleged victim said he got up and ran and Carter fired shots at him.
When Carter was questioned on Oct. 18 after being arrested in the Ratliff murder, he said he had pointed a gun at the alleged victim but “if he had wanted him (the alleged victim) dead he would have killed him.”
On Wednesday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 cash only bond for Carter after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Carter was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.