Man charged with first-degree battery in Jonesboro shooting following argument
JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A 67-year-old Jonesboro man was charged with first-degree battery after being suspected of shooting another man.
According to an initial incident report, the shooting happened around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, in the 1400-block of Dana Debbie Street.
The report said 67-year-old Joe Mason was suspected of shooting 64-year-old Donald D. Moore during an argument.
When officers arrived at the scene, a witness said Moore had already been taken to St. Bernards Medical Center. According to the report, he suffered major internal injuries.
A probable cause affidavit released on Wednesday, June 29, said the witnesses saw Mason shoot Moore, who was doing tree cutting work for Mason.
According to the Jonesboro Police Department, Mason admitted in an interview he shot Moore but only in self-defense.
“Mason stated that the victim had lunged at him and that the gun accidentally discharged,” they said.
However, detectives were able to determine through doorbell security video from the home that Moore did not approach Mason in a threatening manner, nor did he have any weapons on him.
The affidavit said the two were arguing about payment for the work, but no verbal threats were heard.
On Wednesday, June 29, Mason appeared in Craighead County court, where a judge charged him with first-degree battery and gave him a $25,000 bond.
Mason is expected to be back in court on Aug. 26.
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