UPDATE: New details released in Dec. murder case

Search for 2nd suspect
Mario Stafford (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
Mario Stafford (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro murder suspect made his first appearance in court Friday afternoon, while police continue to look for a second suspect.

Benjamine Dewayne Scott, 22, was given a $150,000 bond for the murder of Kayla Vinson. He is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated residential burglary.

Police are looking for Mario Jashon Stafford, 19, of Jonesboro.

Police said Scott turned himself in Thursday. Stafford is considered armed and dangerous, according to Jonesboro police.

Vinson, 24, was found dead in a home on 2nd Street in Jonesboro on Dec. 17, 2015. Another person, Donald Versey, was injured in the shooting.

Versey told police that he "heard a knock on the door" at 8 a.m. when two men pulled guns and asked, "Where is the money?"

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.

According to the affidavit filed Firday, a witness came to police on May 18 with the two suspect's names, details on the crime, and other witnesses with more information.

On May 24, police interviewed a second witness who identified the two suspects as Scott and Stafford.

This witness also gave details of the crime that only law enforcement and the suspects would have known.

The details included the caliber of the weapon used, how the suspects entered the home and how Vinson was found between the bed and dresser.

The witness told police the suspects shot through the bedroom door that Vinson locked, which aligned with the evidence found at the scene.

The affidavit also stated Stafford shot and killed Vinson while Scott fought with Versey.

The judge gave Scott a bond and a curfew of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

He is due back in court on June 28th.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Stafford is urged to call JPD's Criminal Investigation Division at 870-935-6710 or Crimestoppers at 935-STOP.

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