State no longer pursuing murder charge against Jonesboro man

State no longer pursuing murder charge against Jonesboro man

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man charged in the deadly shooting of another man will spend 3 years on probation.

Jonathan Johnson was arrested in Oct. 2017 for suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Dewayne Turner of Blytheville. The shooting happened at Johnson's home on Logan Avenue in Jonesboro.

Johnson faced numerous charges including first-degree murder, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a sentencing order filed on May 7, the murder charge and possession of a controlled substance charge were both "nolle prossed."

"After further investigation by Det. Jacob Daffron, and review of the file, I recommend the State no longer pursue the Murder, first Degree charge," said Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney grant DeProw in a letter to Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington.

In the letter, DeProw said Detective Daffron re-interviewed Johnson at the request of Johnson's attorney.

"After review, careful consideration of new evidence and meeting with Det. Daffron, I have concluded that on October 10, 2017, Johnson used deadly force in self-defense of his person in his home. The deadly force used resulted in the death of Dewayne Turner," DeProw said.

Prosecutors believe Dewayne Turner and another man went to Johnson's house the night of Turner's death under the guise of selling marijuana, but their real purpose was to rob him.

During the incident, Turner shot Johnson and Johnson shot at the other man, hid behind a counter and then shot Turner.

"The evidence collected from the crime scene is consistent with the statement given by Johnson. Taken as a whole, it leads me to the conclusion that Johnson was to be the victim of a robbery in his own home," DeProw said in the letter. "He was shot and used deadly physical force in self-defense."

Johnson was sentenced to 36 months of probation for possession of drug paraphernalia. His sentence also included the 198 days he had already served while incarcerated at the Craighead County Detention Center. He'll also pay court costs and fines.

DeProw did recommend that the Jonesboro Police Department continue its investigation into the other man's involvement in the incident.

Region 8 News has reached out to the Jonesboro Police Department requesting more information on that possible investigation.

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