A Drew County deputy sheriff was killed Thursday in a 2-vehicle accident during an early morning police pursuit and the man he was pursuing is charged with first-degree felony-murder.
Timothy Allen Braden, a 29-year-old Drew County deputy sheriff from McGehee, died in the accident.
The man he was pursuing, Samuel Jerrod Vincent, 23, of Monticello, is being held in the Ashley County jail.
Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen charged Vincent with first-degree felony-murder, possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony fleeing in connection with Braden’s death.
The “felony-murder” rule applies when a person causes death in the course and furtherance of a felony or in immediate flight from the felony. It has nothing to do with intent to cause death.
Vincent’s bond was set at $200,000 and his plea and arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. in Drew County Circuit Court.
Both Braden and Vincent were traveling west on Barkada Road in Monticello at 1:38 a.m. when the two drivers simultaneously lost control of their vehicles. The vehicles left the roadway striking a tree and a utility pole. Braden’s vehicle came to rest facing north and Vincent’s vehicle came to rest facing east, according to an Arkansas State Police preliminary accident report.
Braden and Vincent were both transported to a hospital where Braden died.
Vincent was treated at the hospital and taken to the Ashley County jail.