JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A 19-year-old appeared in court Friday and now faces a murder-1st degree charge in the death of a man last year.
A $1 million bond was set for Gabriel Walton of Jonesboro during a brief court appearance in front of Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler.
According to a post on the Jonesboro Police Department Facebook page, Walton was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with the murder of Ronald Voyles, 57, of Jonesboro.
Police went to the 3900 block of Kaye Lane Aug. 29 about an unattended death. While there, they found out the death was a homicide.
Few details were released Friday about a possible motive into the murder. However, according to a probable cause affidavit released Friday, investigators interviewed several people and Walton was developed as a suspect in the case.
“After checking personal information on Walton, a phone number for Walton was developed. This was compared to other evidence that we were in possession of and showed that Walton was in contact with our victim,” the affidavit noted. “After Miranda warning was given and Walton signing off that he understood, an interview was conducted on Walton and details of the events were given by Walton that were accurate as to what was found at the scene of the crime.”
Walton also faces a tampering with evidence charge in the case.
Judge Fowler set a Feb. 26 court date for Walton in circuit court.
Region 8 News will have more details as they become available.