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Man charged with murder in shooting death of Arkansas woman

by Rachel Herzog | March 2, 2018 at 12:01 p.m.
Matthew Armstrong

A man is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a north Arkansas woman, authorities said Friday.

On Tuesday, Searcy County sheriff's deputies were called to the area of Integrity Road, where they found Jessica Thornton of Marshall dead.

The 26-year-old victim was first said to have sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But Thursday, authorities issued a warrant for 30-year-old Matthew Armstrong after an investigation with assistance from Arkansas State Police.

As of Friday, Armstrong was being held at the Searcy County jail on $150,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court March 29.

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