Crittenden County Man Arrested on First Degree Murder Charge in 2005 Death

JANUARY 31, 2007 - Posted at 7:18 a.m. CST

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - Police say they've arrested an Earle man and charged him with first-degree murder in the 2005 drive-by slaying of a man at his West Memphis home.

Pernell Anthony Carter, 41, is charged in the March 16, 2005, slaying of Mario Smith.

Police say Smith and Carter knew each other, and Carter was a suspect at the time of the killing.

Police say new evidence emerged and they made the arrest.  Investigators would not describe the new information.  At least one other arrest is possible.

Carter is being held in the Crittenden County Jail at Marion in lieu of $1 million bond.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)