Jonesboro, Arkansas. Charlene Henry and Tiarra Tanner—deputy prosecuting attorneys—prosecuted 20-year-old Gabriel E. Walton for Ronald Voyles’s August 2020 killing. After a four-day trial, a Craighead County jury Friday found Walton guilty of manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence. And Circuit Judge Cindy Thyer followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Walton to 45 years’ imprisonment.
On 29 August 2020, Jonesboro City Police began investigating 57-year-old Voyles’s stabbing death. During their investigation, which included multiple interviews, Walton became a person of interest. Investigators analyzed Walton’s phone number and determined that he and Volyes had been in contact. Police interviewed Walton and found that he could provide accurate details about the crime scene.
Henry and Tanner thanked the jury for their service and the Jonesboro Police Department for their investigation. Prosecuting Attorney Keith L. Chrestman praised the deputy prosecutors: “This was a difficult case. But Henry and Tanner were more than equal to the task. They made a powerful presentation, and the jury recommended the toughest penalties it could. I’m thankful for Henry and Tanner’s continued willingness to serve. Their hard work makes our community safer.”