By Ray King

Three Pine Bluff men arrested Tuesday following an investigation into the shooting death of another man will be held without bond while prosecutors prepare capital murder charges against them.

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At a court hearing Thursday, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled prosecutors have probable cause to charge Steven Grady, 20, Roderick Marks, 22, and Rahn Clay, 18, with capital murder and five counts of terroristic act for firing shots into a vehicle.

Reading from an affidavit from Detective Ryan Edwards, Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter said police responded to an apartment complex in the 2200 block of West 10th Ave., on Jan 8 at 2:45 a.m. to investigate a report that a man later identified as Calvin Kirklin, 55, was unconscious in a vehicle. Kirklin was sitting behind the steering wheel of the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene of a gunshot wound to the left side of the head.

Hunter said police found several spent .40-caliber shell casings at the scene.

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The suspects’ vehicle was identified as a Chrysler 200 with a license plate that returned to Marks. He was located and questioned and said the vehicle was his. He said his cousin was driving the vehicle and he was in it. He also said they drove by Chester Hynes but denied any knowledge of the shooting.

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Hunter said when Grady was interviewed, he admitted being in the vehicle but said he had been dropped off and did not know anything about the shooting.

When officers searched the car, they found three spent shell casings inside it and a fourth in the lip of the trunk and all of them matched the caliber of the casings found at the scene.

Grady, Marks and Clay were told to come back to court Feb. 11.

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