By Ray King
Formal charges have been filed against a Pine Bluff man accused of shooting another man to death in October.
On Friday, Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter charged Sharrodrick Dunn, 26, with capital murder and with being a felon in possession of a firearm because of multiple prior convictions.
The charges stem from the Oct. 22 death of Tyrice Graydon who was found lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest after police responded to a reported shooting at Rhinehart and Pullen Streets. Graydon was taken to Jefferson Regional hospital and was pronounced dead.
A Witness at the scene told Detective Keith Banks she saw a man in a white Ford Expedition shoot Graydon and then drive off and said she did not know either one. A second witness identified both Dunn and Graydon and said he saw Dunn shoot Graydon. That witness said Dunn and Graydon had been in conflict with each other that resulted in Dunn quitting his job at Parks and Recreation.
Video from a nearby camera showed Graydon pulling up to the barber shop at Rhinehart and Pullen Street and getting out of his vehicle and walking toward Dunn who was sitting in his vehicle. Dunn exited his vehicle while the vehicle was in gear, shot Graydon, then had to run to catch up with his vehicle. No weapon was found on Graydon or inside his vehicle.
Dunn turned himself in and initially denied any involvement but after being shown the video, told Banks that he had been defending himself. He said Graydon had been bullying him which caused him to resign from his job. He said Graydon “pulled up in an aggressive manner and exited his vehicle.”
Dunn said he did not know what Graydon had, so he shot Graydon with his .45-caliber pistol, then threw the gun in the Lake of Pine Bluff off King Street.
Dunn will be held without bond and the case was assigned to Second Division Circuit Judge Rob Wyatt Jr. If convicted of capital murder, Dunn would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or death by lethal injection.