18-year-old Texarkana Man’s Charges Upgraded to Murder

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Texarkana Arkansas Police had originally charged Jason Stewart, 18, with domestic battery in the first degree for the shooting of 20-year-old Kayla Keatts. The victim succumbed to her injuries and charges have now been upgraded to Murder.

Press Release:

On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, officers responded to a shooting in the 1000 block of
Locust Street. The victim, Kayla Keatts of Texarkana, was transported to a local hospital in
critical condition. Shortly before 8:00 pm last night, Ms. Keatts succumbed to her injuries
and passed away.

The suspect, 18-year-old Jason Stewart Jr of Texarkana, AR, turned himself into detectives
late yesterday afternoon. Stewart was booked into jail for Domestic Battery in the First
Degree. This afternoon, Stewart’s charges were upgraded to Murder in the First Degree.

The incident is still under investigation. If anyone has information related to this crime,
please contact the Criminal Investigation Division at (903)-798-3154 or Crime Stoppers at
903-793-STOP (903-793-7867).

via TAPD – Jason Stewart, 18

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