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Jonesboro police release more details in deadly home invasion

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Dec. 21 UPDATE:

One of the victims in a fatal home invasion told police he had “no idea” who shot and killed his girlfriend.

On Monday, Dec. 21, the Jonesboro Police Department released its initial incident report on Thursday’s murder.

Donald Versey, 28, told police he and Kayla Vinson, 24, were in bed around 8 a.m. when he “heard a knock on the door.”

When Versey opened the door, he said two men pulled guns on him and yelled, “Where is the money?”

After telling the men “I ain’t got no damn money,” Versey said one of the men put a gun to the back of his head and shot him.

While Versey was on the floor, he told investigators he heard another shot.

Versey said he “got up and tried to wake Vinson up, but she wouldn’t wake up.”

Although Versey said he did not recognize the suspects, he believes he has seen one of the men at the “Diamond Grill or at the Gates.”

According to the incident report, Versey had bullet wounds on the left side of his neck and another on top of his left shoulder.

Vinson had a bullet wound to the top right side of her head.

Officers reported she was not breathing and had no pulse when they arrived.

At the hospital, when informed her daughter had died, Vinson’s mother said Versey had “just received a lump sum of cash and everyone knew about it.”

The case remains under investigation.


4:11 p.m. UPDATE:

The names of both shooting victims have been released. 

Paul Holmes with JPD told Region 8 News 24-year-old Kayla K. Vinson was killed in the shooting.

She was dead when police arrived to the house.

Holmes also said 28-year-old Donald J. Versey was injured. He was listed in fair condition Thursday afternoon.

Officers responded to the home around 8:03 a.m.

Versey told police that when he responded to a knock at the door he was confronted by two armed man who were demanding money.

According to a news release from Jonesboro police, the men forced their way into the home, shot both Vinson and Versey and ran away.

The only information police were able to gather about he suspects is that one was wearing a red sweater. 

Vinson's body will be taken to the state medical examiner's office for autopsy.

Anyone with information about this murder is urged to contact Crimestoppers at 935-STOP or the Jonesboro Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 870-935-6710.


1:12 p.m. UPDATE:

Paul Holmes, public information specialist for Jonesboro Police Department, says detectives are finishing their initial on-scene investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about the shooting call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP.


9:14 a.m. UPDATE:

According to JPD Public Information Specialist Paul Holmes, the coroner van is at the scene. There is at least one fatality and another person injured.


Jonesboro police have been called to a shooting incident on 400-block of 2nd Street.

No other details are available.

Police are advising residents to avoid the area.

We have a crew en route and will have more information as it becomes available.

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