Travonte Langel, 18, of Pine Bluff was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Detention Center early Monday. He made his initial appearance court appearance on Tuesday morning and is being held without bond on probable cause of capital murder and committing terroristic acts.
During the probable cause hearing, Jefferson County District Judge John Kearney stated that Langel is allegedly charged with his involvement in the June 21, 2018 murders of two teenagers, Keondre Johnson and Kelvonte K. Trammell. If proven guilty, Langel could face an additional 15 years in prison, Judge Kearney said.
Johnson and Trammell, who were both 17-years-old, were occupying a red Honda in the 2400 block of South Fir Street in Pine Bluff. They were both shot multiple times. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene, and Trammell was pronounced dead by a doctor at Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he had been taken by a private vehicle.
Pine Bluff Detective DeShawn Bennett had previously reported that Trammell and another gunshot victim who was not identified and who police said received a “non-life-threatening injury” arrived at the hospital in a white Dodge Charger. The Charger was later determined to be stolen, according to authorities.
In June 2018, witnesses stated that several men exited a Mercury Grand Marquis carrying rifles, shooting at the occupants of the Honda.
Police say video from the scene showed a white Dodge Charger traveling toward 24th Avenue on Fir Street with a grey Grand Marquis heading in the same direction; three subjects were seen walking west on 24th Avenue from the area where the Dodge Charger was last seen. The video also showed the Honda being shot at, and as the Dodge Charger backed up, the three suspects tried to get in it but were unsuccessful.
The video also showed the Grand Marquis backing up and three men running toward it. There were no passengers in the car when it backed up but when it was seen leaving the area, there were several other people in the vehicle, which, according to police, was driven by Jackson.