Police say Tuesday night altercation results in suspected multiple stabbing

Murder victim stuffed in shopping cart, dumped


   A Monroe man known to frequent homeless shelters in the DeSiard Street area has been charged with second degree murder after he allegedly stabbed another man several times, stuffed his body in a shopping cart and dumped it in weeds a block away.
   Police were called to the 700 block of Adams Street Wednesday to investigate what was reported as a possible assault after several persons who frequent the nearby DeSiard Street shelter reported a missing man and a large amount of blood on the street.
   Several units of the Monroe Police, along with special teams descended on the area in search for both the victim and a man thought to be the suspect.
   The Excellence Academy, a charter school in the area, shifted into immediate lock down mode when notified that the suspect may be still in the area, following standard procedures. 
  Witnesses told police that two men: Earl Wayne Jinor, 44 and Sherman Pratt, 44, of Monroe were involved in an altercation sometime Tuesday night. Pratt, said one witness was the wild type an often threatened some people in the area of the shelter, but never actually did anything.
 As officers scanned nearby areas they found the bloody shopping cart two blocks from the suspected homicide scene. An hour later, the body of Jinor was found behind a Washington Street Jazz club in a field of grass.
Pratt has been charged with second-degree homicide
   Police say the victim appeared to have been stabbed in his upper torso "an undetermined amount of times.”
   Pratt was found at approximately 2 p.m. in the area of North 23rd and Adams Street. Pratt was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center and charged with second-degree homicide with bond set at $500,000.
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