A $750k bond set for a Pine Bluff man accused of first-degree murder


By Ray King

A $750,000 bond was set Wednesday for a Pine Bluff man accused of involvement in a homicide in November.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Phillip McFadden, 74, with first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

During the court hearing, Deput Prosecutor Joe West said McFadden is accused of shooting Antonio Martin, who was found on the porch of a house belonging to McFadden in the early morning hours on West 11th Avenue bleeding from a wound to the neck.

Reading from an affidavit from Detective Keith Banks, West said McFadden was interviewed by police.

A BOLO (Be On The Lookout) was issued for McFadden and Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies located him Dec. 5. He was taken to the adult detention center where he declined to make a statement.

West said McFadden has prior felony convictions including one for aggravated robbery.

He was told to come back to court Jan. 8.