Man facing second-degree murder charge in connection to weekend homicide

Man facing second-degree murder charge in connection to weekend homicide

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A man is facing a second-degree murder charge after the search for a meth pipe led to a fight and ultimately another man's death.

According to the Jonesboro Police Department, first responders were called to the 4700-block of Samantha Avenue early Sunday morning for someone not breathing.

First responders discovered Steven McQuay dead in a truck. His death was believed to be suspicious in nature.

The suspect was identified as William Weston Moon.

According to the court document, detectives learned McQuay was assaulted in the county.

Craighead County Chief Deputy Justin Rolland said JPD was quick to realize the crime scene wasn’t only on Samantha Avenue.

“They [JPD] soon realized that through some witness statements and some things like that, they realized that this possibly at a location south of Jonesboro," he said.

Rolland said the two agencies work well together, and plan on doing so throughout the investigation.

“The sheriff’s office and the city of Jonesboro, we’ve always had a close working relationship," he said. "It doesn’t surprise me at all that this was an easy transition from their initial investigation transitioning right into our investigation.”

Investigators interviewed a witness who said he was with McQuay and Moon most of Saturday afternoon.

The witness told detectives they stopped at a home on County Road 625 to “look for a meth pipe that Moon thought McQuay had dropped.”

The witness told police that while Moon was looking for the meth pipe, McQuay got a backpack that belonged to Moon, which caused the two to fight.

During the fight, according to the probable cause affidavit, Moon hit McQuay, knocking him down.

“He [the witness] said after McQuay was down, Moon kicked him in the face and body several times,” the affidavit said. “A female witness at the scene said that she saw Moon strike McQuay knocking him down.”

The witness said he asked the woman to call 911 but she told them to leave.

The witness told police they put McQuay in the truck and drove to the initial scene and called 911, which prompted the investigation.

Moon appeared in Craighead County District Court on Monday where a judge found probable cause to charge him with second-degree murder.

The judge set his bond at $750,000 cash surety. Moon will appear in court again on Oct. 22, 2019.

The discovery of McQuay’s body shocked neighbors.

A nearby neighbor said she woke up to the authorities on the street in front of her house.

“I always go outside and check and I seen some people outside,” she said. "I walked towards the road and I seen cops.”

She said she fears for her family with the crime in the area.

“Sometimes you be weary and stuff like that you can’t even let your kids go outside because you never know what’s going to happen, even me," she said.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you any new details as soon as they become available.

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