Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen said Drew County Deputy Sheriff James Slaughter lawfully fired his gun at the Warren man suspected in the March 14 fatal shooting of 30-year-old Samantha Poole of Cleveland County.

Slaughter shot and wounded Jonathan Woods while Woods was in the commission of the kidnapping and murder of Poole, according to Deen’s March 20 letter to Arkansas State Police Special Agent Matt Roberson.

“Given that Woods was criminally brandishing and using a firearm at the time, I find that Deputy Slaughter acted lawfully and that he appropriately used necessary lethal force under the circumstances in defense of himself and others,” Deen said.

Woods, 30, of Warren has been released from the hospital and is being held without bond at the Drew County Detention Center on kidnapping and capital murder charges.

Deen filed the charges this week.

Woods is alleged to have restrained Poole without her consent and ultimately shot her multiple times on the evening of March 14. The shooting occurred at the corner of West Trotter and North Hyatt streets in Monticello.

Kidnapping is a Class Y felony punishable by 10 to 40 years or life in prison. Capital murder is punishable by death or life in prison.

Poole, a 2002 graduate of Woodlawn High School, has a daughter who attends Woodlawn Elementary. Friends and family of Poole have announced a candlelight vigil at 7:43 p.m. on March 21, at the Woodlawn Community Center on Hwy 63 to pray for justice.

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