19-year-old charged with Capital Murder


By Ray King

A 19-year-old Pine Bluff man who told his grandparents he had shot someone Saturday will be held without bond until prosecutors file formal charges against him.

Following a court hearing Tuesday, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled prosecutors have probable cause to charge Kyree Kendrick with capital murder. He had originally been booked into the jail on probable cause of first-degree murder, but Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said the circumstances of the crime met the requirements for capital murder.

Reading from an affidavit by Detective Dante Nicholson, Reed said on Saturday, police were called to the main station where they met Kendrick and his grandparents on the ramp and the grandmother said Kendrick told her he had shot someone at a trap house.

Reed said Nicholson reported that he advised Kendrick of his rights and Kendrick acknowledged that he understood them and made a statement.

Reed said there were two guns in the back seat of the vehicle Kendrick and the grandparents arrived at the police station and those guns will be sent to the state crime lab for testing.

Although Kendrick said he had hired an attorney, Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office until that attorney entered a notice of appearance. Kendrick was told to come back to court March 18.