Mur­der sus­pect ex­tra­dited, to ap­pear in court to­day

El Dorado News-Times - - Viewpoint - By Tia Lyons Staff Writer Tia Lyons may be con­tacted at 870-862-6611 or by email at [email protected]­do­radonews.com.

Ja­co­vis D. James, an El Do­rado man who is ac­cused of two counts each of cap­i­tal mur­der and at­tempted cap­i­tal mur­der, has been ex­tra­dited from Texas and will make his first ap­pear­ance at 10 a.m. to­day in 35th Ju­di­cial District Court.

James, 23, who has given an ad­dress of 1311 W. First, Apt. 73, had evaded ar­rest for a month after a shoot­ing left two peo­ple dead and two gravely in­jured at a res­i­dence on White Quar­ters.

He was ap­pre­hended Nov. 28 in Hous­ton.

Act­ing on tips, the El Do­rado Po­lice Depart­ment worked with the U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice to track James to a res­i­dence in Hous­ton.

James waived an ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing in Hous­ton, and after he was cleared for re­lease by Texas war­rant of­fi­cers, lo­cal po­lice headed to Hous­ton early Wed­nes­day morn­ing to trans­port James back to El Do­rado.

He was booked into the Union County Jail late Wed­nes­day night, said Lt. Scott Har­well, of the EPD.

Of­fi­cers re­sponded at 12:30 a.m. Oct. 28 to a re­port of shots fired at a mo­bile home at White Quar­ters, No. 2.

Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers saw that the front door was open and heard a woman’s voice in­side the res­i­dence call­ing for help.

Aric D. Hall, 28 of El Do­rado, and 30-year-old Dar­rishica Rogers of North Lit­tle Rock were pro­nounced dead on the scene.

Re­mondo B. Caver, 29, and Mar­que­sha D. Young, 26, both of El Do­rado, sus­tained grave in­juries.

The gun­shot vic­tims were scat­tered through­out var­i­ous rooms in­side the res­i­dence, po­lice said, not­ing that each of the vic­tims had been shot mul­ti­ple times.

James was im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied as a sus­pect and a war­rant was sub­se­quently is­sued for his ar­rest on two counts of cap­i­tal mur­der, two counts of at­tempted cap­i­tal mur­der, ag­gra­vated rob­bery and an en­hanced penalty of felony with a firearm.

He was also wanted on felony ar­rest war­rants for in­ci­dents that were re­ported prior to the shoot­ing.

James faces ad­di­tional charges of theft of prop­erty and break­ing or en­ter­ing in con­nec­tion to the theft of $7,250.72 cash from Mc­Don­ald’s, 1703 N. West Ave.

The theft was re­ported Sept. 23 and was cap­tured on sur­veil­lance video, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

James, then an em­ployee of the fast food restau­rant, was seen on sur­veil­lance video en­ter­ing the man­ager’s of­fice, open­ing the restau­rant safe and re­mov­ing some­thing from the safe.

An em­ployee told of­fi­cers that James was not au­tho­rized to ac­cess the safe.

Three bank de­posit bags, which con­tained the cash, were later found in­side a dump­ster, em­ploy­ees said, not­ing that James headed to­ward the dump­ster with a trash bag after leav­ing the man­ager’s of­fice.

A bench war­rant was is­sued Oct. 18 after James failed to show for a Union County Cir­cuit Court ap­pear­ance on charges stem­ming from an April 3 ar­rest by the EPD.

Po­lice said James fled when they ini­ti­ated a traf­fic stop in the area of Col­lege and Faulkner.

Po­lice said they caught up with the SUV, which was driven by James, after it en­tered the turned west on Hills­boro and en­tered the Hay­good-Neal apart­ment com­plex and came to a stop in a cul-de-sac there.

James was taken into cus­tody, and dur­ing a search in­ci­dent to ar­rest, po­lice re­port­edly found mar­i­juana and Hy­drocodone pills in­side a pill bot­tle that was tucked in­side his waist­band.

He was ar­rested then for posses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance (Hy­drocodone), posses­sion of mar­i­juana, flee­ing (auto) and driv­ing on a sus­pended li­cense.

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