Arkansas city of White Hall reports its 1st-ever homicide

AP News
Posted: Mar 31, 2017 4:01 PM

WHITE HALL, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas city has reported its first homicide since it was incorporated decades ago.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley has confirmed the body of a man found inside a home in White Hall is 37-year-old Timothy Graves of Pine Bluff.

Kelley pronounced Graves dead Thursday morning after officers responded to a report that a person was bleeding, The Pine Bluff Commercial ( ) reported.

He listed the cause of death as multiple stab wounds to the upper body.

White Hall Police investigator Sgt. Mickey Buffkin said four people were in the house when the stabbing occurred. They have been interviewed by investigators and are expected to be interviewed a second time as police gather more information.

"We are going to get to the bottom of this and do our best to keep it from happening again," Buffkin said.

No weapons were recovered at the scene.

This was the ninth homicide this year in Jefferson County, but the first in White Hall, which is 37 miles southeast of Little Rock.

"I hate that this happened in the city," Buffkin said.