By Ray King
Prosecutors have filed charges against two Pine Bluff women accused of murder in two separate incidents.
Breanna Moses, 27, and Kendra Howard, 29, were each charged with first-degree murder and both appeared in district court Monday where charges against them were read.
Moses is accused in the death of Armechi Morgan, whose body was found inside a house at 103 Talbot St., on April 23 and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detective Chris Wieland said in a probable cause affidavit that when officers and detectives entered the house, they saw that the upper part of the body was covered with what appeared to be a jacket while the legs were not. There was a large amount of blood around the body and a knife found in the room appeared to have blood on it.
Moses was identified as a suspect by several people and she was located in the early morning hours of April 24. She was questioned and made multiple statements including saying that she and the victim had gotten into an argument but didn’t remember what was said and said she could see herself standing there with the knife but said nothing happened.
The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory ruled that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.
Bond for Moses, who said she had hired her own attorney, was set at $500,000 and the case was assigned to Fifth Division Circuit Court.
Howard was accused of causing the death of Stanley Robinson-Jones who was found inside a vehicle on the parking lot of Staples at 2910 E. Harding Ave. and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detective Larry Gailey said in a probable cause affidavit that two witnesses told police that Howard was the person who shot Jones. The witnesses said they were in the vehicle with Howard and a small child and were on their way to Staples.
Howard and one of the witnesses got into an argument and the witness called Jones to come pick them up. When Jones arrived, one of the witnesses got into the front passenger seat while the second witness and the child got into the back seat. The witness said Howard came to the front passenger side of the vehicle and the witness attempted to give Howard a key while asking Howard about s key.
The witness said Howard then pulled out a handgun and began shooting Jones. The witness said they grabbed the gun and the witness and Howard fought over the gun. The second witness and the child ran into Staples and when the other witness could get away from Howard, also ran into Staples.
Howard left the scene in a vehicle and was stopped by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy. When questioned, Howard said she remembered arguing with the witness about a key and said she did own a small handgun but when asked about the shooting, asked for an attorney and the interview was stopped.
Bond for Howard was also set at $500,000 and she was ordered to have no contact with the witness. The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Howard.