JONESBORO — A continuance order was signed Monday to further delay the trial of man suspected in the December murder of a local woman.
Shawn Cone, 48, of Jonesboro, was arrested by federal authorities on Dec. 9 in Key West, Fla., in the murder of Alissa Reynolds, 50.
His trial was originally set in February, and it was previously rescheduled for May 11-21. Like several court proceedings in Arkansas, it was continued due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
An order signed by Judge Pam Honeycutt has rescheduled the motion and plea day to Sept. 4 and the jury trial for Sept. 14-18.
Reynolds was found dead Dec. 8 in her home in the 5000 block of Brac Place. Police responded to the residence after receiving a request for a welfare check.
The victim’s body was recovered from a pile of blankets on the couch and had several stab wounds to the face, hands and arms. She appeared to be deceased for several days, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Detectives with the Jonesboro Police Department determined that Cone murdered Reynolds, cleaned up the scene, disposed of evidence and stole her vehicle, cellphones, credit and debit cards. Cone then flew to Key West from Memphis.
Cone faces up to life in prison on charges of first-degree murder, abuse of a corpse, theft of a vehicle valued at greater than $5,000 but less than $25,000, theft of items valued at more than $1,000 but $5,000 or less, theft of credit/debit cards, nonfinancial identity fraud, tampering with physical evidence and fraudulent use of a credit card.
He is being held since his arrest in the Arkansas Department of Corrections East Arkansas Regional Unit in Lee County.