JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – An Arkansas man is behind bars after reportedly shooting another man early Wednesday morning.
At 12:19 a.m., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 8900 block of Via Lane, just outside the city limits of Pine Bluff. Upon arrival, deputies located the body of 37-year-old Steve Ault, laying in a nearby ditch. Ault appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect, 33-year-old Jeremy Mickens, was located in the front yard of a neighboring home where his girlfriend lives. Mickens was taken into custody without incident and immediately requested counsel.
Investigators arrived a short time later to speak with witnesses and process the crime scene. Mickens was later transported to the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center, where he was booked in and held on probable cause for one count of first degree murder in the shooting death of Ault.
A bond has not yet been issued, as Mickens will likely appear in court at 9 a.m. Thursday morning for a probable cause hearing before the Honorable First Division District Court Judge, Kimberly Bridgforth on the above-mentioned charge. The investigation is on-going.