Man held in killing of Marshall woman

Posted: March 3, 2018 at 2:24 a.m.

A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Marshall woman, authorities said Friday.

Searcy County sheriff's deputies were called Tuesday to the area of Integrity Road, where they found 26-year-old Jessica Thornton dead.

Initially authorities believed Thornton had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but on Thursday a warrant was issued for 30-year-old Matthew Armstrong after an investigation with assistance from the Arkansas State Police.

Armstrong was being held Friday at the Searcy County jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.

State Desk on 03/03/2018