Trial continued for suspect in West Nettleton shooting - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Trial continued for suspect in West Nettleton shooting

Jesse Torres (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Jesse Torres (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

May 23 Update: Torres appeared in court May 23. 

According to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, his trial was continued until June 3.


A Craighead County district court judge found probable cause Wednesday to charge Jesse Torres, 19, of Jonesboro with criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder.

Torres is accused of shooting Tyler Anderson multiple times Monday night in the 2000-block of West Nettleton.

According to court documents, Anderson asked to borrow a phone from Torres. When told no, Anderson reportedly “became angry and slammed the door.”

Detective Chad Hogard stated Torres then opened the door and exchanged words with Anderson.

“Torres pulled out a gun and started shooting at Anderson, striking him multiple times” Hogard stated in the affidavit.

Anderson was shot in the face and in the abdomen.

He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital then transferred to a Little Rock hospital where he still being treated for his injuries. 

A detective with Jonesboro police told Region 8 News Jesse Torres turned himself into the Arkansas County Sheriff's Office Tuesday night.

On Tuesday, a Craighead County District Court judge issued a bench warrant for Torres' arrest on an attempted murder charge.

Witnesses told police the gunshots came from a nearby apartment, according to the initial incident report.

Officer Jeremy Wheelis stated he went to the back door of the apartment where he found a “large hole” through the glass door.

Inside the apartment, he reported finding “blood by the front door…along the staircase and in the upstairs bathroom next to a phone.”

While investigating the scene, Officer Keith Baggett radioed he had found the 18-year-old male victim in the doorway of his neighbor’s apartment.

Both officers provided first aid to the victim while waiting for the ambulance to come.

When asked who had shot him, the victim reportedly would not give a name. 

Police said Torres is expected to be returned for a probable cause hearing and first appearance.

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