Circuit Judge Don Glover today found probable cause to hold a Warren man without bond for capital murder in connection with the Friday night shooting death at Monticello of a 30-year-old Cleveland County woman.
Jonathan Woods, 30, of Warren is suspected of firing multiple gunshots at 30-year-old Samantha Poole before he was wounded by a gunshot.
During Woods first appearance hearing, held via video link from the Desha County Courthouse to a hospital where Woods is hospitalized, Arkansas State Police agent Matt Roberson testified that Poole was shot multiple times.
Glover found probable cause to hold Woods for capital murder and denied bond. The judge appointed the public defender to represent Woods.
The shooting, which occurred at 7:39 p.m. Friday at the corner of North Hyatt and W. Trotter streets adjacent to the Save A Lot grocery store, began as a domestic incident, according to State Police spokesman Bill Sadler.
Sadler said Saturday morning it was an officer-involved shooting but disclosed no additional details. He said police are not releasing any additional information until an autopsy and ballistics tests are complete.
However, 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen clarified the officer-involvement.
“He discharged his handgun at the suspect, who was wounded,” Deen said. “The investigation is continuing.”
Drew County Deputy James Slaughter, the officer who discharged his firearm at the suspect, is on administrative leave pending the result of an investigation, according to Drew County Chief Deputy Sheriff Robin Hood.
In a Sunday afternoon statement thanking witnesses, police and emergency responders, Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton said, “To Deputy James Slaughter, you were the only officer at that moment that could have done what had to be done due to crossfire and background. You made a safe and accurate decision that brought the incident to a stop.”
Deaton’s full statement:
To begin with, I want to thank all the witnesses that came forward last night. You spent many hours at the police department waiting to be interviewed by investigators. Your time and patience is greatly appreciated. Without your willingness to get involved this may have turned out to be an even more tragic event than it was.
To the officers who responded to the call, you all handled the incident in a safe and professional manner. Actions taken by the officers kept a very bad situation from escalating to an even more serious incident.
To Deputy James Slaughter, you were the only officer at that moment that could have done what had to be done due to crossfire and background. You made a safe and accurate decision that brought the incident to a stop.
To all the responding emergency personnel, EMS from both services were on scene in just a few seconds after the call was given for them to come. The 911 dispatch center kept the situation under control by directing personnel to the scene, calling for ambulances, medical choppers, gathering information from the public and making and receiving many phone calls and radio requests.
To the Monticello Fire Department, thank you for helping with traffic and assisting with security.
To the Arkansas State Police, Troopers Knight, Norris and Cross, thank you for your quick response to the scene and assisting with whatever we needed. To the State Police Company B investigators, thank you guys for all you did and will continue to do in this matter. You guys are top notch when it comes to investigations. I am sure I have forgot to mention someone, so please forgive me if I did. Monticello should be proud of their emergency personnel and the way they all responded. This is a fantastic group of men and women that did an outstanding job. Thank You All!