Exactly when Patrick King, 26, of Texarkana, will be returned to Hope to face charges in connection with the June 24 home invasion killing of Roger Hall, 36, of Hope, remains unclear.
Neither Arkansas nor Texas law enforcement officials were certain when an extradition hearing for King might be set in Miller County, since he is also under arrest on Bowie County, Texas, charges.
“That will probably be something that is set through the district attorney's office,” Texarkana, Texas, Police Investigator Ed Emilia said Wednesday.
Emilia said King remains in the Bi-State Justice Center in Texarkana on at least five outstanding warrants from charges in Bowie County, including burglary, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, probation violation, and criminal mischief.
King was arrested July 3 by Texarkana, Texas, police who executed an Arkansas arrest warrant for him at a Texarkana, Texas, residence. King was sought by HPD on allegations of aggravated residential burglary, aggravated robbery, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of first degree false imprisonment and a charge of second degree battery.
Emilia said Wednesday that no further charges or warrants from Arkansas have been forwarded to Texarkana authorities.
Hope Police Assistant Chief Kim Tomlin said Wednesday that the extradition issue will turn on how quickly Texas authorities act.
“There were charges in Texas, so there may be other charges before any hearing,” Tomlin said.
She was uncertain whether additional Arkansas charges were pending against King. He has not been arrested or charged with Hall's murder.
“What I can say about this case is what I have already put out,” Tomlin said Wednesday. “I can say that other charges on him and other persons may be pending.”
Additional arrests are expected in connection with the investigation, based upon statements by witnesses that Hall was shot and Lamario Henderson, 24, also of Hope, was burned and stabbed in the course of a home invasion by several unidentified suspects.
Henderson, who had been hospitalized at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, La., with multiple lacerations and burn wounds, was reported to have returned home and is recovering, according to local authorities.
Hope police officers were called to Hall's residence in the 1000 block of North Greening Street in the predawn hours June 24 in response to what HPD Chief J. R. Wilson characterized at the time as a home invasion shooting. When police arrived at the residence about 2:45 a.m., Hall was found lying on the floor and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He later died of those injuries at Wadley Regional Medical Center at Hope, according to Hempstead County Corner Ben Brazzel.
An autopsy by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory confirmed that Hall died of a gunshot wound to the torso.
Wilson has declined to comment on how Hall was shot and Henderson stabbed and burned.
Page 2 of 2 - Wilson has also declined to comment further about a black Dodge Magnum with Texas license plates which HPD investigators have sought to find in connection with the crime. The description of that vehicle was released in the initial investigation by HPD.
However, police are soliciting information about this incident from the public. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Daniel Lauterbach at 870-722-2576, or Lieutenant Jimmy Courtney at 870-722-2560.