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Teenage suspect in the Pine Bluff double killing comes forward, but the accomplice is still at large



Little Rock, Arkansas – Late Saturday night, a juvenile suspect in the drive-by shooting that killed a 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy in Pine Bluff last month surrendered to police.

Police say that around 10:50 p.m., 19-year-old Jayvion Marquet Williams surrendered to them in connection with the murders of Vaniya Bennett and an unidentified juvenile boy.

Williams was apprehended and put into the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center in Jefferson County on charges of two counts of capital murder, battery in the first degree, terroristic act, receiving stolen property, and discharging a gun from a moving vehicle, according to authorities.

Trenton Xavion Rogers, a second suspect in this case who is 19 years old, is still at large and is reportedly armed and dangerous, according to the authorities.

On July 16, police reported that three people—Bennett, the unidentified adolescent who passed away, and another 18-year-old who was shot and taken to a nearby hospital—were shot at a house on West 17th Avenue close to Southeast Arkansas College.

They think Williams and Rogers fired at the two individuals who were injured by gunshots while they were outside the house. According to a previous press release from the authorities, Bennett was inside the house when a stray gunshot struck and killed her.

“I’m just angry, heartbroken. I can’t even hug on my baby. I have to hug on my baby in a casket,” Vanessa Washington said of her daughter Bennett the day after her murder. “I don’t want any parent to have to bury their child. I don’t want any parent to have to go through what I went through.”

According to reports, Rogers is 6 feet and 2 inches tall. He has a medium build, black hair, and brown eyes.

Rogers is thought to be dangerous and may constitute a serious threat to public safety, thus the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office requests that the public refrain from approaching him or attempting to have him arrested. Instead, the Pine Bluff Police Department’s Detective Office Tip Line, Det. Corey Wilfong at the PBPD’s Detective Office, (870) 730-2090, and the department’s dispatch center (870) 541-5300 are all places where anyone with information regarding Rogers’ whereabouts is asked to get in touch.

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