Police continue to investigate Jonesboro homicide

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Continuing coverage of Jonesboro's first homicide of the year, investigators have been working non-stop trying to find out what exactly happened. We drove around the neighborhood where it took place to find out how residents are coping with the situation. Many say Wednesday night, they checked to make sure all their doors were lock and house alarms were set.

"You know it's a very family oriented neighborhood, and we have lots of kids and we're out play, and we all socialize together" said neighbor Ashlyn Weaver.

Which is why many, like Weaver, were shocked to hear about a homicide happening right in their backyard. "You know it was obviously a big shock, happening in a neighborhood like this...You know, I think people are very saddened by what's been going on here," said Weaver.

Wednesday police were dispatched to 4320 Jenni Lane where they found the body of 34 year-old Marc E. Despain dead, lying in a pool of blood. "The victim was located by his wife, Michelle Despain, she found him in the residence unresponsive and notified the police," said Sergeant Steve McDaniel with the Jonesboro Police Department.

Police determined the victim had been shot. McDaniel says they've been working around the clock interviewing friends and family trying to piece it all together. "There are numerous detectives that are on this case. We are basically just running down numerous leads, exploring many different avenues, and looking at lots of evidence," said McDaniel.

The biggest question citizens are asking is was this random? Police are keeping the investigation under tight wraps, and are still looking into all possible scenarios. "I think it would be normal for you to be concerned it was generally quiet neighborhood where this occurred so of course that put a lot people on notice that it could certainly happen in any neighborhood," said McDaniel.

And while it's often routine for you to lock your doors and set your alarm system. McDaniel says it's also important to able to have an extra set of eyes. "One of the best things you can do is get to know you're neighbors well and most importantly notify the police when you do see something suspicious," said McDaniel.

Police are still looking for the person of interest who is described as a black male, 5'10, wearing a blue and white stripped shirt, jeans, and cap. Investigators say if you have any information regarding the case to contact the Jonesboro Police Department.