Jonesboro PD investigating city’s third homicide

Lashonda Hicks (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Lashonda Hicks (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Police are investigating the city's third murder of 2012.

According to Jonesboro police, late Sunday night officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at 1003 Creath Avenue.

Police said when they arrived they found 35-year-old Henry Blake dead. Police believe he was stabbed to death.

"He had a sharp force trauma or stabbing to part of his body," said Jonesboro police sergeant Lyle Waterworth.

Police arrested 34-year-old Lashonda Hicks and charged her with murder in the second degree.

Police said Hicks is Blake's girlfriend and they lived together.

According to the police affidavit, in an interview Hicks told police Blake had been drinking all day, and the two had argued throughout the day.

She said they starting fighting, Blake pulled out a "folding" knife, and the two struggled over it.

Hicks told police during the struggle, she was able to get the knife away from Blake.

She said Blake charged at her, she hit him, and he "dropped to the ground."

The investigation into Henry Blake's death marks the third murder in Jonesboro since January 1, 2012.

One justifiable homicide and one murder occurred in 2011, according to the Jonesboro Police Department Annual Report.

Prior to 2012, the report shows a decrease in willful homicides in the past several years.

According to the report, four willful homicides occurred in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

In 2007 and 2009, there were three willful homicides.

The report shows two willful homicides occurred in 2010, and in 2011 one occurred.

"There has been more (in 2012) and the year's only half over. I don't have anything to at this time to show what attributes to that," said Sgt. Waterworth.

Hicks' bond is set at $100,000.

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