JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A $5 million bond has been set for a suspect in a shooting that left a brother and sister dead in Jonesboro on Thursday.
On Friday, 30-year-old Rhatez Furlow was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a certain person.
Around 8 a.m. Thursday, officers were dispatched to the 400-block of Melrose Avenue, located between Belt Street and East Johnson Avenue.
Police were driving through the area when a neighbor flagged them down. The neighbor then led them to an open apartment where officers discovered two bodies lying on the floor.
Jonesboro police Sgt. Lyle Waterworth said during a news conference Thursday that Kafena Russell, 37, and her 38-year-old brother, Johnny Russell, were found dead inside the apartment of apparent gunshot wounds.
Their bodies have been sent to the State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock.
According to the Jonesboro Police Department, Furlow was apprehended by Marked Tree Police as the lead suspect in an incident that happened in their jurisdiction also on Thursday.
The Facebook post by the Jonesboro Police Department said that investigators sent Marked Tree Police a notification that they also needed to speak to Furlow about his connection to the murders of Kafena and Johnny Russell.
He was then transferred into the custody of the Jonesboro Police Department, brought back to Jonesboro for questioning, and was booked into the Craighead County Detention Center.
Furlow is also facing multiple misdemeanor charges and and appeared in circuit court on Aug. 22 where his motion and plea hearing was set for Oct. 23 and Oct 24. His jury trial was scheduled for Nov. 12 through Nov. 22.
During the investigation, Waterworth said witnesses heard shots fired around 11 p.m. Wednesday, but could not say if those alleged shots were connected to the homicides.
Sally Smith, public information officer for the police department, said this is the city’s fifth homicide this year.
Jonesboro police continue to investigate this homicide and asks if the public has any information to call Jonesboro police at 870-935-5657 or Jonesboro Crimestoppers at 870-935-STOP (7867).