JONESBORO — A man accused of a fatally shooting his wife was released from county jail on a $1 million bond Friday afternoon.
Jonesboro police officers responded early Thursday morning to a home in the 1500 block of Arrowhead Farm Road, following a tip by a male family member. The witness told JPD that Charlene Rebecca Jewell, 57, turned to him and said, “Help me. He has a gun,” according to the probable cause affidavit.
Enroute to Arkansas State University in a gray 2018 GMC Sierra, he said that David Jewell Sr., 59, of Jonesboro, turned the car around heading west on Johnson Avenue, reports indicate.
When they approached the intersection of Main Street and Johnson Avenue, the witness said he heard the pistol rack and saw David Jewell point the gun at the woman.
“(He) then heard the pistol go off one time and this is when he exited the vehicle and called 911,” the affidavit read.
Dispatchers were given the suspect’s address and a description of his vehicle. When officers got there, they found Charlene Jewell unresponsive on the floor with a gunshot wound in her left back shoulder.
“Officers then started CPR until the ambulance was able to arrive and transport Jewell to St. Bernards (Medical Center). The resuscitation attempt was unsuccessful and Charlene Jewell passed away,” the affidavit read.
During a police interview, the suspect said they were arguing in his pickup when he raised the pistole at the victim.
“Jewell stated that he did have his finger on the trigger when he raised the pistol up. Jewell stated that this is when the pistol went off. Jewell then stated that he did not want to talk anymore without talking with a lawyer,” the affidavit read.
District Court Judge David Boling found probable cause to charge Jewell with first-degree murder. His next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Craighead County Courthouse, 511 S. Main St., Jonesboro.
The homicide of Charlene Jewell marks the first in three months in Jonesboro and is the sixth murder that JPD has investigated in 2020.