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Paragould, AR -- Marsha Mays Reporting

Suspect in Paragould Homicide in Court

PARAGOULD, AR -- The suspect arrested in Saturday's murder in Paragould is in court this afternoon.  On Saturday night, a man was shot to death on his front porch.

It happened at 503 South 6th Avenue in Paragould, directly behind the Chatterbox Bar off Highway 412. Paragould Police got a call around 6:20 Saturday evening.

"Once they got on scene, they discovered a white male laying in front of the residence with one single gunshot wound to the lower left chest area," says Lt. Tony Williams, a detective with the Paragould Police Department.

27 year old Jason Clinton was laying dead here on the concrete right outside the house. Witnesses were everywhere around the scene.

"Witnesses who were at the residence when the incidence took place identified the suspect, the weapon that was used and also a vehicle description that he had left in," says Lt. Williams.

30 year old Heath Banks also of Paragould was on the run after the shooting, but it wasn't for long. Banks turned himself in around 9:00, just hours after the murder.

"He knew we were looking for him and turned himself into the Greene County Sheriff," says Lt. Williams.

Police aren't releasing any information as to why this might have happened, but Lt. Williams did say the quick action in this investigation is in direct relation to the witnesses' statements.

"They know the individual personally. They know who he is, where he lives, and the vehicle that he drives. Anytime you've got eyewitnesses with that kind of information, it's definitely a great asset to the investigation," adds Lt. Williams.

Once taken into custody, Banks used his 5th Amendment rights and therefore did not make any statements regarding the shooting. Police did say however that no other suspects are being sought out in the homicide.

The victim's body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for autopsy. Meanwhile, the suspect, Heath Banks is being held in the Greene County Detention Center awaiting his probable cause hearing Monday afternoon.

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