Man in Custody After Late Night Homicide

OCTOBER 18, 2006 -- POSTED AT 6:00 P.M. CDT

RANDOLPH COUNTY, AR -- A confrontation in the front yard in rural Randolph County ends in murder. Randolph County police responded to a shooting late last Tuesday night all to find one man dead and the suspect on the run.

Police believe a small party was going on at the home on 1318 Bucksnort Road when 39 year old Brian Wilbanks pulled into the driveway. The party soon turned sour as a fight broke out between Wilbanks and the man living at the home, 40 year old Brian Robinson. Moments later, around 10 p.m., police say Wilbanks was shot.

"The suspect shot him multiple times in the vehicle and of course, he was pronounced dead at the scene," says Randolph County Sheriff Brent Earley.

According to police, the suspect immediately fled the scene in his vehicle. Police chased him down the gravel roads and after crashing into the police car, he was then on foot.

"When I got out of my vehicle we start searching and the deputy that was with me finds him. He said he's over here, he's going up through the woods, so I give chase and we chase him up into the woods and we caught him," says Sheriff Earley.

Two guns were found in his possession, one of which is believed to be the weapon used to shoot the victim.  The motive for this murder is being kept quiet, but Sheriff early did say a little about what he thought about it all.

"It's petty, it's ridiculous, it really is," says Sheriff Earley.

The investigation has been turned over to the Arkansas State Police. The felony charges Robinson now faces are first degree murder, aggravated assault and vehicular fleeing. Robinson is being held at the Randolph County Detention Center and is the only suspect in what police are calling a senseless murder.