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Old 12-04-2019, 04:13 AM
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$1 million bond set for suspect in deadly shooting
Phone, social media helps police link suspect to murder

Updated December 3 at 6:54 PM

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Craighead County man faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a man on Parkwood Drive on Sunday.

Jonesboro police said they went to a home on Parkwood Drive around 11:20 p.m. Saturday after former residents discovered a truck running in the driveway of the vacant house. They called police believing a burglary was in progress.

Officers found a man, later identified as Andrew Powell, inside the vacant home with, “obvious gunshot wounds,” the affidavit stated.

While collecting evidence, investigators found Powell’s cellphone lying in the front yard.

During a search of the phone, police found a text conversation that took place between the victim and a subject named “Wesley”
shortly before the incident.

“Further investigation of the text conversation, revealed the identity of the owner of the phone number,” the probable cause affidavit stated. Police used a social media search to discover the phone’s owner was “friends” with Wesley Neal.

On Dec. 1, investigators went to the home of the owner of the phone, who was not named in the affidavit.

When police were talking with the individual and their significant other, Neal walked up to the home. All three were taken to the Jonesboro Police Department for questioning.

While being questioned, the owner of the phone and the significant other said Neal had the cell phone when the victim was murdered.

Neal admitted to being Powell’s friend during questioning and had “past dealings with him,” the affidavit stated.

“Neal admitted to being inside the home where Powell’s body was found."

The affidavit ultimately did not reveal what led to Powell’s shooting death, only placing Neal at the scene at the time of Powell’s murder.


Andrew Powell, age 24

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Affidavit: Drug deal at center of Jonesboro homicide; 3 suspects arrested
December 12, 2019 at 2:14 p.m.

Counterfeit cash and a drug deal were at the center of a Jonesboro homicide last month in which three men have been arrested, according to court documents.

Police responded around 11:15 p.m. Nov. 30 to a report of a burglary in the 3100 block of Parkwood Road. Officers found 24-year-old Andrew Powell dead inside with multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators picked up Powell’s cellphone outside, according to a probable cause affidavit, and found a text conversation on it involving someone named “Wesley.”

The phone led officers to a home, where police met 23-year-old Wesley Neal and two others who were ultimately not charged in the case.

The two others told police the phone was in Neal’s possession at the time of the homicide and that they “could place Wesley Neal inside the residence where the victim was murdered,” according to the affidavit. The document didn't detail when he was there.

Neal told police in an interview he was friends with Powell and has past “dealings” with him, the affidavit said. He admitted to providing phone information of Powell for a “meeting which ultimately lead to his death,” the document added, noting he also “admitted to being inside the home where Powell’s body was found.”

Kyron Stegall, 22, was also identified as a suspect. He told police he was part of planning and carrying out a drug deal between himself, Neal and another person, according to a second probable cause affidavit. Police found Stegall in possession of “a large amount of counterfeit money,” according to that affidavit. Police wrote that the fake money was part of the drug deal that ultimately led to Powell’s death.

A third suspect, Jacolby Haggard, 27, has also been arrested in the case. A probable cause affidavit for him was not yet available on Thursday afternoon, according to Jonesboro police spokeswoman Sally Smith. He was arrested Monday in Memphis.
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