Woman murdered, one in custody in West Memphis

A murder investigation had one person in custody Saturday in West Memphis.

At 1:15 AM on Saturday, October 8, West Memphis officers responded to the 1600 block of Scottwood Street in reference to a person being shot. Officers located a black female in the driver’s seat in a grey Kia Optima suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. EMS was called to the scene, but she did not survive their injuries.

The deceased has been identified as Jakeya Hampton of West Memphis.

Detectives secured the scene and began their investigation into the incident, a release posted to Facebook said. Detectives were able to develop a person of interest in this homicide investigation: Elijah Singleton. Through the use of several investigative tools and help from the community, detectives were able to locate the man. Singleton was taken into custody at Budget Inn in West Memphis without inicident just before 6 PM a Saturday evening.

At this time we would like to thank the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this matter. We would also like to extend our condolences to the family [of] Jakeya Hampton in their time of mourning.

West Memphis Police Department

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