JPD: Man arrested for strangulation murder of woman

A man is in custody on a $5 million bond facing charges that strangled to death his fiancé during an argument.

On November 21, 2021, the Jonesboro Police Department responded to an unresponsive person in the 2200 block of Clover Drive. Officers found Sabrina Benson lying on the floor of the hallway. She was transported to NEA Baptist Hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Officers spoke with Benson’s fiancé, Shadrack Ward. In a release posted to Facebook, JPD stated Ward was able to tell officers that he and Benson had a couple of friends over and were drinking earlier in the day. Ward advised that after everyone left, he had heard Benson call his name, and when he went to check on her, she was on the floor unconscious.

Benson’s body was sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy. The preliminary results revealed that she died as a result of strangulation.

JPD Investigator Bill Brown interviewed Ward again and he revealed that he and Benson had gotten into an argument. Police say he confessed that he grabbed her neck and held her until she lost consciousness and died.

Ward appeared before Judge David Boling for his probable cause hearing. A $5,000,000 cash surety bond was set for his release. He is currently being held at the Craighead County Detention Center on a capital murder charge, a simultaneous possession of guns and drugs charge, and a charge of parole violation.

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