Jewell guilty of murder; sentenced to 32 years

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Jonesboro, Arkansas. Martin Lilly and Gina M. Nelson-deputy prosecuting attorneys-prosecuted 60-year-old David Dale Jewell, Sr. for his wife’s 2020 fatal shooting. 

After a three-day trial, a Craighead County jury late Thursday evening found Jewell guilty of first-degree murder. And Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Jewell to 32 years’ imprisonment.

Jonesboro City Police said Jewell fatally shot his 57-year-old wife, Charlene, while they argued in their vehicle on July 23, 2020.

Jewell and Charlene were taking his son to work when she asked that she go home. Police reports indicated that while they were at Main Street and Johnson Avenue near downtown Jonesboro, Jewell pointed a .25 caliber handgun at Charlene and shot her. Jewell’s son fled the vehicle and called 911, and Jewell drove home, where police later arrested him and found Charlene’s body.

Lilly and Nelson thanked the jury for their service and the Jonesboro Police Department for their investigation.

Prosecuting Attorney Keith L. Chrestman praised the deputy prosecutors: “Lilly and Nelson are seasoned trial lawyers, and I’m thankful for their continued willingness to serve. Their hard work and success send a clear message-in Craighead County, violence and lawlessness won’t be tolerated.”

Press release

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