Afternoon Stabbing Now a Homicide Investigation

MARCH 21, 2006 - Posted at 2:06 p.m. CST, updated at 3:19 p.m. CST, updated at 3:44 p.m., updated at 4:10 p.m. CST, updated at 7:10 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - A woman who was reportedly stabbed by another female this afternoon has died in the trauma center of St. Bernard's Medical Center.

K8 News has learned that a black female identified as 27-year-old Veronica R. Jenkins was stabbed following an altercation with another woman at approximately 12:33 p.m. at an apartment at 1014 South Culberhouse Drive.  Jenkins was taken to the emergency room at St. Bernard's Medical Center downtown, where she was pronounced dead around 2 p.m. after attempts to treat her injury.

Police were searching for a suspect, described as a 33-year-old black female at the time.  She has been identified as Sonya Nate Mooney, who also reportedly uses the aliases of Sonya Watson and Anita Watson, and is believed to be in flight to the Forrest City area, where she is reportedly from.  She is described as being 5-feet-6 inches tall and is believed to be driving a 4-door gray Chrysler LeBaron or Dodge Aires.

UPDATE: Police have reported that Sonya Mooney has turned herself in to authorities late this afternoon.  Mooney was taken into custody near the Poinsett-Craighead county lines.  K8 News will have more on this developing story later this evening.

The incident marks the second homicide in Jonesboro this year.  Both times, the victims have been women.  On March 4, the body of 35-year-old Melissa Wade was discovered behind a vacant residence on South Fisher Street.  Police have made two arrests in that case in the past week.

(K8 Reporters Marsha Mays and Craig Rickert contributed to this report.)