Update: Deputies Pick up Fourth Suspect in Texas for Pine Bluff Grandmother Killing

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Updated: 7/10/2013 11:08 am
Update (July 10):
PINE BLUFF, AR - Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are in Texas today to pick up a fourth suspect in the May shooting death of a Pine Bluff grandmother.

Samuel Kimmons, 26, is being brought back to Arkansas from the Dallas County Detention Facility in Dallas to face charges in the killing.

Kimmons waived extradition to Arkansas on Tuesday, and an extradition/transport team left at 4:00 this morning to return him to the state.

Upon his arrival in Jefferson County, Kimmons will be taken to the adult detention center.

Original story (May 30):
PINE BLUFF, AR- Three suspects appeared in Jefferson County District Court to face charges of capital murder in the shooting death of a grandmother on Monday night.

"The court finds probable cause to detain each of you," District Judge John Kearney told the three defendants.

Michael Rentals, Fitzpatrick Kemp, and Kendal Porter stood in the courtroom wearing striped jumpsuits and shackles. They stood in silence throughout the probable cause hearing.

They were arrested Tuesday as suspects in the shooting death of Carol Baker, 54, at Lakeview Apartments.

Detective's Testimony on Details of Crime

According to Pine Bluff Detective Bill Wiegand's testimony these three, along with three others, came to the apartment complex that night to confront the mother of Baker's grandchildren as the 54-year-old was loading them in her car.

"Ms. Baker was there to pick up her grand-babies," Wiegand told the court. "She had gotten the 8-year-old and 7-year-old in the car. She and the children's mother were leaving the apartment with a 4-year-old in tow."

Wiegand said witnesses told them Rentals demanded to see the children's uncle.

"He told them DW had shot up his grandmother's house, and he was looking for DW," Wiegand testified.

When the children's mother told Rentals DW wasn't there, the scene took a turn for the worst, Wiegand said.

"He [Rentals] said at that point, well give her this -- and at least four black males started shooting ," Wiegand said.

Pine Bluff Police have identified Samual Kimmons as the fourth suspect in the shooting. They're currently trying to track him down.

Signs of the shooting that claimed Baker's life could still be found at Lakeview Apartments on Thursday. Bullet holes dotted the bodies of cars like scars on the surface.

Wiegand said officers found 22 shell casings at the scene.

"That many shell casings they was sending a message," said Shaquanda Carter.

Outside the courtroom, Carter identified herself as a friend of the Baker family. Her children, she said, were also at Lakeview Apartments that night.

"It was a lot of people out there. I can't believe no one else got hurt. But the one who did was an innocent bystander," she said.

"That bullet could have hit anybody, not just Mrs. Baker, but one of them children too," family friend Priscilla Johnson agreed.

Both Carter and Johnson were at court to witness the hearing. They said the community is both heartbroken and outraged by Baker's death.

"They just want justice served. So far it looks like it's going to happen," Johnson said.

Suspects' Criminal Histories

The prosecuting attorney alerted the court that Kendal Porter was a convicted felon and the office was requesting he also be charged with felon in possession of a firearm.

The Arkansas Parole Board confirmed Porter was released from the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) on parole in March 2013. He would have been on parole until April of 2018. Now, he faces another hearing to determine if his arrest in this criminal case was a violation of parole that would result in his return to ADC custody.

The prosecuting attorney also told the court that Michael Rentals currently has a felony case pending against him in Jefferson County.

All men were remanded into Jefferson County Detention Facility custody. Judge Kearney denied their bail.

Suspect's Girlfriend Also Charged

Following the hearing for those three suspects, Latasha Howard also appeared before the court.

According to the prosecuting attorney, Howard is the girlfriend of suspect Fitzpatrick Kemp. The prosecutor told the court Howard lied to police to provide Kemp a false alibi and denied that she had allowed him to use her car to transport the suspects to the apartments Monday night.

According to the prosecutor, only when Howard was arrested did she admit Kemp was not with her and that he had used her car to travel to the crime scene.

According to the prosecutor, detectives had also uncovered a text from Kemp to Howard's phone that said "stuff got crazy" on Monday night.

Judge Kearney found probable cause to charge her with hindering apprehension.

Baker's Funeral Arrangements

Carol Baker's funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Christian Way Funeral Home. Her visitation is scheduled for Friday at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Her funeral will be held at King's Highway Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff at 11:00 a.m.

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