Jonesboro Police Have Suspect in Custody for City's First Homicide of Year

MAY 27, 2004 - Posted at 6:40 p.m. CDT



JONESBORO, AR - Jonesboro Police say they have a suspect in custody for the city's first homicide of the year.  Police say they responded to a 911 call received at approximately9:34 a.m. from 3605 Parkwood.  Officers arriving at the scene found a caucasian female lying on the floor when they arrived.  The victim, Virginia Hendrix (50), was pronounced dead at the scene.  Detectives say her husband is now the chief suspect in the death.


Alford Hendrix (49) was arrested shortly thereafter.  He will be charged formally on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.  Police say they have a weapon in custody, and say the 911 call was from Alford Hendrix.  As of right now, authorities have declined to hand over the 911 tape to the media.


Police say they do not have a motive yet, but Hendrix has posed no problems and has generally cooperated with their requests. 

Police held a news conference at 4 p.m. to discuss where they were with the case.  Afterwards an uncuffed Hendrix was led from the justice complex to a police car, placed in the front seat and driven to the Craighead County Detention Center.