Pine Bluff teenager being held with no bond for capital murder allegation


By Ray King

A teenager was arrested Thursday after he was linked to the shooting death of a Pine Bluff man in July.

During a court hearing Friday, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled prosecutors have probable cause to charge Braylon Cleveland with capital murder, committing a terroristic act and engaging in violent criminal gang activity.

Reading from an affidavit by Detective Jason Boykin, Deputy Prosecutor Joe West said on July 29, police were sent to 8th Avenue and Myrtle Street in response to a reported shooting and spoke to two witnesses.

West went on to say this.

Boykin reported that Cleveland was taken into custody Thursday and when questioned, denied knowing Jatonia Bryant, who was identified earlier as a suspect in the shooting, and claimed he was not in town when the incident occurred.

Because it is a capital murder allegation, Cleveland will be held without bond and was told to come back to court Oct. 18.