Man arrested for murder of his wife Thursday in Jonesboro

Photo source: KJNB

Photos credit: KJNB

JONESBORO, Ark. – A woman was murdered in her home and her husband was found with attempted suicide marks Thursday afternoon in Jonesboro. He’s now in custody for first degree murder of his wife.

50 year old Shawn G. Burniston of Jonesboro was arrested for First Degree Murder of his wife, 43 year old Jessica D. Burniston in connection to the the homicide that occurred on Arrowhead Farm Road on Thursday December 28th, 2017.


Shawn Burniston had a million dollar temporary bond set. He remains in custody at the Craighead County Detention Center.

On Thursday,, the Jonesboro Police Department responded to a call about a subject being injured with a knife on Arrowhead Farm Road. Upon their arrival they located Shawn with an apparent self inflected knife wound to his wrist. His wife, Jessica, had suffered blunt force trauma and was found deceased in the home. Shawn received medical treatment for his injuries at a local hospital and was later transported to the Craighead County Jail.

JPD detectives are continuing to actively investigate the case.

Detectives are asking that if anyone has any information relating to this case to please call the Criminal Investigation Division at 870-935-6710 or call Crime Stoppers at 870-935-STOP (7867) if you wish to remain anonymous.


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