Formal charges have been filed against a Star City man accused in the shooting death of another man at a neighborhood reunion in July.

Formal charges have been filed against a Star City man accused in the shooting death of another man at a neighborhood reunion in July.


Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter has charged Eric Briggs, 40, with first-degree murder and with being a felon in possession of a firearm because of a prior convection.


Cedric Ginger, 21, of Sheridan was pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional Medical Center on July 27, several hours after police were sent to the area of West 3rd Avenue and Redbud Street in response to a reported shooting.


Four men, including Ginger and Briggs, were found shot and all four were taken to JRMC for treatment.


Chief Deputy Prosecutor Wayne Juneau said Thursday detectives obtained sufficient information during the investigation to identify Briggs as a suspect and for prosecutors to file formal charges against him.


The other two men who were shot were identified as Leroy Ginger, 46, the father of Cedric Ginger; and Kevin Ginger, 36, an uncle of Cedric Ginger. Both men are from Sheridan.


Briggs was arrested Wednesday afternoon and appeared Thursday morning in Pine Bluff District Court, where he was arraigned on the charges by District Judge John Kearney. He was in a wheelchair at the time.


Bond for Briggs was set at $500,000 cash-only and the case was assigned to First Division Circuit Judge Berlin C. Jones.


There have been 14 homicides reported in Pine Bluff so far this year.