$1 million bond set in Jonesboro murder case

$1 million bond set in Jonesboro murder case

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man told police that he shot a woman after an argument, with the woman reportedly telling the man’s son that she needed help and that the man had a gun, authorities said Friday.

A $1 million bond was set Friday for David D. Jewell, 59, of Jonesboro. David D. Jewell was arrested Thursday on suspicion of homicide-murder-1st degree in the death of 57-year-old Charlene Jewell.

According to a police department news release, officers went to the intersection of Main Street and Johnson Avenue just after 6 a.m. regarding a possible shooting.

Officers later interviewed David D. Jewell about the shooting.

“Jewell stated that he was in the vehicle with Charlene and his son in the back seat taking him to work. Jewell stated that after he took his son to work that him and Charlene were going to spend the day together,” Jonesboro police said in a probable cause affidavit. “Jewell stated that after they took his son to work that him and Charlene started to argue and he pulled a pistol from between the seat and the console and raised it up towards Charlene. Jewell stated that he did have his finger on the trigger when he raised the pistol up. Jewell stated that is when the pistol went off.”

Jewell then told police that he did not want to say anything more without talking to a lawyer, police said in the affidavit.

Officers also interviewed Jewell’s son, who told police he had been in the vehicle with his father and Charlene before the shooting.

“(The son) stated that while they were on the way to take him to work, and made it to the intersection of North Caraway and Johnson, when Charlene turned to him and said, ‘help me, he has a gun,‘” Jonesboro police said.

The son told police that Jewell turned the truck around, going west on Johnson.

“(The son) stated that around the intersection of Main and Johnson, he heard the pistol rack and saw Jewell Sr. point the pistol at Charlene,” Jonesboro police said.

The son said he heard one shot, got out of the vehicle and called 911.

He then directed officers to a house in the 1500-block of Arrowhead Farm Road.

When officers arrived, they reportedly found Charlene Jewell suffering from a gunshot wound to the back of her shoulder. An ambulance took her to a local hospital, where she later died.

David D. Jewell will be arraigned Sept. 28 in circuit court.

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