One man has been released and another has been arrested in connection with a shooting that killed an El Dorado man earlier this month.
Two men were initially arrested for capital murder and other crimes in the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Johntavian Hill.
At 11:18 a.m. on November 5, El Dorado police received multiple reports of shots fired at Hill’s residence, 2322 Oxford St., and upon arrival they found Hill lying motionless on the living room floor.
Hill was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering 10 gunshot wounds, nine in the back and one in the back of the head, according to a preliminary medical examiner’s report released by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock.
Hill’s stepbrother, Broderick L. Carter, 36, and Charles E. Mitchell, III, 30, both of Oklahoma, were identified as suspects and arrested in connection with the shooting on November 6 and 8, respectively.
Both were taken into Oklahoma custody by the Oklahoma City Police Department, which, along with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, assisted the El Dorado Police Department in its investigation.
Carter was arrested at his Oklahoma City residence after an eight-hour standoff with the OCPD.
He has since been extradited to El Dorado and is being held without bail in the Union County Jail.
Carter first attended a hearing on November 18 at the 35th Judicial District Court. A public defender has been appointed for his case.
This week, Captain Scott Harwell, of the EHR’s Criminal Investigative Division, reported that Mitchell was released without charge and another Oklahoma man was arrested in the murder.
Police had said Mitchell had traveled to El Dorado with Carter, and after investigators confirmed his identity, he was taken into custody by Oklahoma authorities.
“We were able to prove that (Mitchell) was in Oklahoma when the shooting happened,” Harwell said.
Credit card receipts and surveillance video from two stores in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area confirmed Mitchell’s whereabouts at the time of the shooting, Harwell said.
“Mitchell was released last week … There is no question that he was in Oklahoma City and not here,” Harwell said.
After further investigation, EHR detectives received information about another potential suspect, an Oklahoma man they believe bears a strong resemblance to Mitchell and is a known associate of Carter’s.
Tyrae T. Threats, 27, was arrested early Tuesday morning by the OCPD on a warrant to avoid fleeing to Union County, Arkansas, and unrelated charges of second-degree burglary and allowing prostitution on the property.
Harwell said he received word that Threats was in custody two hours after the OCPD was notified that a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
Harwell explained that Threats’ first name is pronounced “Trey” and Mitchell’s nickname is “Tray”. He also said that both men have the name – spelled in their respective variations – tattooed on their chests.
Threats is being held in Oklahoma County Jail and awaiting an extradition hearing to face charges, including capital murder, for his alleged role in the deadly Hill shooting.
Harwell said he expects an extradition hearing for Threats in Oklahoma next week.
Investigators expect more arrests in the case, he said.
An El Dorado man remained hospitalized in critical condition on Wednesday, days after being shot multiple times during a home invasion, according to information released by the EHR.
Police responded to a report of a shooting at Haygood-Neal Garden Apartments, 1315 W. First, Apt. 52.
Upon arrival, officers found a man, later identified as Christopher Ford, in the residence with several gunshot wounds, mainly to his upper body.
He suffered a gunshot wound to his lower body.
Ford, who is in his 30s, was taken by ambulance to South Arkansas Medical Center and later airlifted to a hospital in Little Rock, where he was reportedly in stable but critical condition Wednesday.
Harwell said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Interested parties have been identified and investigators have said theft is a possible motive.