Arkansas man arrested in 2016 slaying of wife in Jonesboro

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Charles Devine

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Police in northeastern Arkansas say a man has been arrested in the 2016 death of his wife.

Jonesboro police on Saturday said that 59-year-old Charles Devine was arrested Friday on a murder warrant in the death of 41-year-old Stacey Devine.

Craighead County jail records show Devine is being held on $2 million bond and do not list an attorney to speak on his behalf.

Court records do not show that formal charges have been filed and a police news release said charges will be filed Monday when Charles Devine makes his first scheduled court appearance.

Police say Stacey Devine was found dead Feb. 12, 2016, in a ditch in eastern Jonesboro. Police previously said Stacy Devine died of strangulation.

Stacey Devine (Courtesy Jonesboro Police)

(JONESBORO POLICE NEWS RELEASE) – On Friday, July 26, 2019 at approximately 8:15 p.m., officers with the Osceola Police Department and the U.S. Marshall’s office arrested Charles Devine pursuant to a felony homicide warrant issued by the Jonesboro Police Department. Mr. Devine, 59 of Osceola, was arrested in connection to the 2016 murder of his wife, Stacey Devine.

Investigators, with the Jonesboro Police, have conducted new analysis of the evidence and new interviews with all of the witnesses over the past week. Following a thorough review of the available evidence, Prosecutors with the 2nd Judicial District, decided to move forward with a warrant. Mr. Devine was placed in custody of the Craighead County Detention Center late Friday evening and will wait for formal charges to be filed during his Probable Cause Hearing on Monday.  

A little over three years ago, Stacey Devine was found in a ditch February 12, 2016, off of Commerce Dr. and Pacific Road by a family walking their dog. Investigators believed the murder happened in another location and her body was dumped in the ditch.    

Chief Rick Elliott stated that this is the result of many tireless hours from JPD Detectives and he is proud of the effort his officers put forth on this case. Detectives with the Jonesboro Police also want to thank all of those involved, including the 2nd Judicial District Prosecutor’s Office, the U.S. Marshall’s Office and the Osceola Police Department with their help in this arrest.   At this time, no further information will be released pending his Probable Cause Hearing.

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