Man charged with murder in Altheimer shooting

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – An local man is facing a first degree murder charge for the shooting death of another man in Altheimer.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Thursday Keith Darnell Shelton, 30, surrendered to deputies 12 hours after he was named as the prime suspect in the death of Thrisdon Eason, 26. A second man was injured in the shooting.

The Sheriff's Office said the shooting happened around 8:20 p.m. near the intersection of 3rd Street and Main Street Wednesday.

Eason was pronounced dead at the scene and the second victim was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

"At least one witness on the scene spoke with Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Investigators and stated that there was an argument between the victims and the suspect that led to the shooting. However, specifics as to what prompted the deadly argument remain unclear. Investigators have not recovered a weapon; however, they did recover shell casings from the scene" said Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Shelton faces felony criminal charges of first degree murder for the shooting death of Eason and attempted murder for the second victim, both charges carry prison sentencing penalties of not less than 10 years and not more than 40 years, or life in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.


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