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Man facing murder charge in Highland Drive shooting appears in court

Updated: Dec. 23, 2020 at 3:20 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Craighead County man appeared in court Wednesday in connection with a shooting that left one person dead, while acquaintances of the victim told police that the victim lived in fear of the suspect.

A $250,000 cash only bond was set for Mark Austin Slaughter, 24, of Jonesboro in the death of Brandon Glen Broadway of Bono.

Jonesboro police, along with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Slaughter in Oklahoma in connection with the case.

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Slaughter was suspected in the Dec. 8 murder of Broadway. The shooting happened just before 10:30 p.m. in the 3600-block of Highland Drive.

According to the initial incident report, when officers arrived at the scene they found Broadway suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Police provided aid and comfort to Broadway until an ambulance arrived and took him to a local hospital where he later died.

Jonesboro police said in a probable cause affidavit Wednesday that investigators spoke with a family member of the victim as well as acquaintances of the victim.

Each person said Broadway was afraid of Slaughter.

“Acquaintances of the victim described to me that the victim had been in fear for his and his families safety due to Mr. Slaughter,” the affidavit noted. “I also received witness statements stating that Mr. Slaughter was very angry at the victim, and that Mr. Slaughter had made alarming threats to them against the victim.”

Slaughter will be arraigned Feb. 26 in circuit court.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and provide updates as they become available.

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