Neirod Medlock's trial on murder and kidnapping charges will go forward regardles of whether a second suspect is apprehended.

Officials have issued warrants for Marcus Collins, 29, and Medlock, 19, on suspicion of residential aggravated burglary, two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of kidnapping, all punishable by up to life in prison, in connection with the July 26 double homicide of Brionna Belcher and Jonathan Harris.

Though authorities have not arrested Collins in connection with the incident, Medlock, who has pleaded not guilty to his charges, is set to go to trial in 2019, according to Sebastian County Circuit Court records.

Medlock is set for trial for his kidnapping charges the week of Jan. 21 and for his murder charges and burglary charge the week of March 18. He was held on Thursday in the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center on a $650,000 cash bond, according to court records.

Medlock and Collins on July 25 allegedly took a ride from two people to West Apartments, 4100 block of North 50th Street, and told them they had killed Harris and Belcher when they returned to the car around 12:45 a.m. July 26. The two people who allegedly gave them a ride told police Medlock and Collins held guns to their heads after the incident and threatened them multiple times both immediately after the incident and in the following hours, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Fort Smith police detective Troy Williams in August said investigators believe the homicide was the result of a robbery that escalated. Williams said investigators believe they initially tried to rob Harris because Medlock needed money.

Medlock, who was arrested Aug. 7 on a petition to revoke bond warrant, was charged in connection with the double homicide while in custody.

Sebastian County Prosecutor Dan Shue cited the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure in his reasoning for Medlock's trial dates being set. The Rules of Criminal Procedure state a suspect must be given a speedy trial or he or she is subject to release or the dismissal of charges.

Sebastian County Lead Public Defender Ernie Woodard declined to comment on whether Collins' potential absence would affect the outcome of Medlock's trial, and anticipated his office would likely represent Collins as well as Medlock if Collins were to be arrested. Shue does not foresee Collins' potential absence affecting the outcome of Medlock's trial.

"More often than not, cases with multiple defendants are severed for trial purposes. Any potential effect would, therefore, be speculative," Shue said.

In their search for Collins, who last listed a Memphis address, police have reached out to other law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Marshals Service, police Cpl. Anthony Rice said on Aug. 17. Rice also said they will reach out to local law enforcement agencies in areas where they believe Collins to be.

Rice on Thursday said the status of the search for Collins was the same as it was in August.

“He has limited resources, so he will be dangerous,” Williams said.

Anyone with information about Collins or his whereabouts is asked to call the Fort Smith Police Department at (479) 709-5100 or Crime Stoppers at 78-CRIME.