Craighead County murder was over meth pipe

Officers process evidence from a truck bed where a dead body had been just hours earlier.

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JONESBORO, Ark. – A second degree murder charge with penalties of up to 30 years in prison is what William Weston Moon is facing for the death of Steven McQuay, found dead in the bed of a truck Sunday in Jonesboro.

The probable cause affidavit details the allegations: Moon, 32, of Trumann, is alleged to have beat McQuay to death early Sunday, September 8, while the two searched for a meth pipe in rural Craighead County. After the vicious beating, the body was placed in the back of a truck and driven, by the suspect, to a Jonesboro address, where it was found early Sunday morning.

It was found at 4711 Samantha in Jonesboro and first reported on NEA Report.

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William Weston Moon

PC Affidavit Details

A witness told detectives he had been present with Moon and McQuay most of the afternoon. He said they stopped at a residence on Craighead Road 625 to look for a meth pipe Moon believed McQuay had dropped. While Moon looked for the meth pipe, the witness said McQuay “got” a backpack that belonged to Moon. An argument began. McQuay pulled a screwdriver on Moon according to the witness. Moon hit McQuay in the face, knocking him down.

But the witness said after McQuay got up, Moon would not let it go and kept attacking McQuay. Unreasonable aggression is one of the common side effects of methamphetamine abuse. The witness said Moon beat McQuay several times after McQuay no longer had a screwdriver in hand. At one point, Moon was said to have taken an object out of the back of the truck. He’s alleged to have struck McQuay in the head with it, knocking him out.

After McQuay was unconscious, the witness said the vicious attack continued, with Moon kicking him in the face and body several times.

The male witness asked a female witness to call 911 but he said she refused and told them to leave. The unconscious body of McQuay was put in the back of the truck. Moon, himself, drove to the address on Samantha. The witness called 911. It was a medical assist call at first, as we reported, but McQuay was dead the moment EMS arrived.

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Instead of calling 911, McQuay’s lifeless body was loaded into the bed of this truck and transported to Jonesboro, so an ambulance could be called at an entirely different location than where the beating (and meth pipe search) took place. 

Moon is being charged with second degree murder, a class A felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison and a fine not over $15,000. His next appearance in court is scheduled for 9:30 AM on October 22, 2019.

Moon is presently in jail on a $750,000 bond. He is also being held on a misdemeanor for failure to appear.

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