Murder Rate Rises Slightly In Jonesboro

August 26, 2003 - Posted at: 6: 19 p.m. CDT

JOENSBORO, Ark. -- During the past couple of years, Jonesboro police records show a slight rise in murders committed in the city.

The most recent murder reported to police was that of 26-year-old Shiray Davis, who was killed at a home on North Bridge Street.

Although the city has not seen a large jump in homicides, Jonesboro Police Sergeant Doug Formon says the city has investigated more during the past few years.

"In 2002, we had two murder, and so far, for 2003, we're up to three".

The city's statistics aren't as high as what you would find in cities like Memphis or Little Rock. Detectives say Jonesboro's trend was higher during the early nineties, then fell to one a year.

The most in recent memory was in 1998, and the tragic Westside shooting that caused five murders for the area. The Westside incident, however, is considered a county investigation.