West Memphis police make arrest in cold case homicide

UNDATED (KTHV) – West Memphis police have a man in custody for a 2009 murder.

On July 16, 2009 Arthur Gregory was shot in his driveway in West Memphis. The 18-year-old later died at the hospital.

At the time of the shooting, West Memphis detectives had few leads to go on but, as is the case with all homicide investigations, the investigation stayed open, but eventually went cold.

That changed recently when new information came to light through witness statements and additional evidence. Detectives were finally able to make a strong enough case to obtain warrants.

Jessie James Washington, 25 of West Memphis, was located at 524 South 15th Street and taken into custody without incident. Washington was charged with one count of Capital Murder. There is no bond for a Capital Murder charge in Arkansas.

Washington was also arrested on an unrelated Felony Probation Violation warrant issued by the Crittenden County Circuit Court. His West Memphis District Court appearance is scheduled for this Friday morning.

"We understand this matter is far from being resolved in court, however, we are very pleased with today's arrest as well as being able to share this news with Arthur's family. It was some measure of long overdue relief for two parents still coping with the loss of their son," said Chief Donald Oakes.


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