Three in custody following shooting death of Dallas County teenager

Jesse Turner was found dead near railroad tracks off of Cleveland St. in Fordyce. (Photo courtesy: Turner family friend)


Fordyce Police say a third person was arrested Thursday in connection to this death investigation.

Authorities arrested Paul Maques Cross, 31, of fordyce and charged him with first degree murder and arson.

Cross is being held at the Ouachita County Detention Center until his first court appearance.


Fordyce Police say two teens are in custody following the shooting death of an 18-year-old Dallas County teenager.

According to a press release from the Fordyce Police Department, Raheem Tyrece Stuckey, 18 of Fordyce, and Khalili Tre'von Gallaway, 19 of Fordyce, have both been charged with first degree murder and arson in the death of 18-year-old Jesse Turner.

Police had been dispatched to a car fire behind Higher Heights Apartments on Kingsland Road around 3:45 PM on Wednesday. Nearly four hours later, police were dispatched to the area near the car fire to meet with someone who had discovered Jesse Turner's body in an area off of Cleveland Street next to railroad tracks. The person who discovered Turner was Turner's older brother, according to family.

"He followed a trail of blood from where the car was burned to where he found Jesse," said Judy Turner, Jesse's grandmother.

Turner, had just graduated from Fordyce High School this past Friday. Turner's grandmother said he had intentions of attending Southern Arkansas University Tech in the fall with plans of eventually joining the Air Force.

"I went yesterday morning to pick up his diploma," said Turner, holding back tears.

According to Turner's grandmother, one of the suspects apparently graduated with her grandson. She told KATV she doesn't understand why whatever happened between her grandson and the two suspects, had to come down to gunfire.

"If you wanted what money he had, why didn't you just take the money and beat the fool out of him? Why did you have to shoot him," questioned Turner.

Turner said her son, Jesse's father was busy making funeral arrangements on Thursday. She said his funeral will have to wait until the family receives the body back from the Arkansas State Crime Lab.

Gallaway is being held at the Dallas County Jail, while Stuckey is being held at the Ouachita County Detention Center as they await their first appearance in court.

Fordyce Police Chief Jimmy Vaughan said the case is still under investigation. Arkansas State Police are assisting in the investigation.

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