By Ray King
A $75,000 bond was set Monday for a Pine Bluff man accused of accidently shooting his brother on Saturday.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Dewayne Hackett, 20, with second-degree domestic battery, a Class C Felony.
Reading from an affidavit from Detective Larry Gailey, Deputy Prosecutor Beth Carson said police were sent to Jefferson Regional Hospital where the victim, age three had been taken by ambulance.
The boy’s mother told police that Hackett, who is her son, had a mental breakdown and was walking down the street with a gun in his hand. She said he was angry at her and she and others tried to calm him down before they rushed at him to try and get the gun. She said the gun fell to the ground and went off with a bullet striking her other son.
Gailey reported that Hackett turned himself in was interviewed on Sunday and said after the shooting, he ran from the scene and threw the gun in the area of the school on West 34th Avenue. Attempts to locate the gun were unsuccessful.
Carson said the victim was sent to a Little Rock hospital for treatment. Hackett was ordered to have no contact with the victim and the Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent him.