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$5 million bond set for suspect accused of shooting woman shot in neck

Published: Sep. 26, 2021 at 11:54 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2021 at 4:20 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Craighead County man who is accused of shooting a woman earlier this week in Jonesboro faces attempted murder and firearms charges.

A Craighead County District Court judge set bond at $5 million Friday for Roy James Nichols, 27, of Jonesboro.

Sally Smith, public information specialist for the Jonesboro Police Department, said Wednesday that officers arrested Nichols in connection with Sunday night’s shooting.

The shooting happened at around 11:50 p.m., Sept. 26 in the 3300-block of Sun Avenue.

According to the initial incident report, the 32-year-old woman had been shot in the left side of her neck.

Jonesboro police released new details Friday about the shooting, saying the victim was found on the living room floor of her house with the gunshot wound.

The victim told police that Nichols had shot her and police said the wound was life-threatening.

“The wound on the left side of her neck appeared to be at a downward angle towards her heart,” Jonesboro police said in a probable cause affidavit.

She was taken to a local hospital, then airlifted to a hospital in Memphis due to her injuries.

A judge set a Nov. 23 circuit date for Nichols, who was being held in the Craighead County Detention Center.

Police also said in the affidavit that they requested the higher bond due to Nichols being a parole absconder and having a previous charge of possession of a firearm by certain persons.

Region 8 News will have more details as they become available.

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