Double Homicide Suspect Arrested, Charged with Capital Murder


PINE BLUFF, AR -- The suspect arrested in connection with a double homicide in Pine Bluff is expected in court Monday morning.

William Cody Childress was booked into the Jefferson County Jail this weekend on two counts of capital murder.

The victims, 62-year-old Anthony Branch and 58-year-old Deborah Moncrief were found dead inside Moncrief's Pine Bluff home.

Childress is engaged to Deborah Moncrief's niece.

Deputies don't believe she was involved in the crime.

Investigators say Childress led them to the murder weapon after he was questioned.

Right now, the Sheriff's Department is looking into the events that led up to the incident.

They suspect money was the motive.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR -- Jefferson County Sheriff's investigators make an arrest in a shocking double homicide that happened in a quiet neighborhood.       

Detectives don't believe this was a random shooting.

They say a 21-year-old Mississippi man targeted the Jefferson County couple for a specific

Early Friday morning, a family member found the bodies of 62-year-old Anthony Branch and 58-year-old Deborah Moncrief.

Today, authorities found their suspect.

21-year-old William Childress is charged with two counts of capital murder.

Major Lafayette Woods says interviews with family, friends and neighbors led to the arrest.

The murders happened down a private drive out in the county.

It's a tight-knit community with only about six homes.

Everybody knows everybody, but no one wanted to talk to us today about the arrest including the family members who gathered at their loved ones home.

Meanwhile, sheriff's deputies picked up Childress in another county.

After questioning him, detectives say he led them right to the murder weapon.

Major Woods said, "In this case he was very forthcoming."

Major Woods says Childress is engaged to Deborah Moncrief's niece and that's how he knew the couple.

Detectives say money was Childress's motive in the shootings, but they're not saying much more about it.

Major Woods said, "That's part of the investigation itself. We can't speak to the fact if it was given or he took it."

Childress is behind bars with no bond.

He's expected to be in court on Monday.

Right now, investigators believe he was the only one involved in this crime.

If convicted, Childress could face the death penalty.

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