Kansas man found with gunshot wounds to chest, brother-in-law accused of murder

arkansas man found with gunshot wounds to chest brother in law charged with murder
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Nov. 4 2021, Published 1:10 p.m. ET

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An Arkansas man was found with gunshot wounds to his chest. Now, police say his brother-in-law is responsible and faces a murder charge.

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Early in the evening on Oct. 31, police said they responded to a disturbance at a home in West Helena, Arkansas.

Once on the scene, officials said they found 48-year-old Joe Clayton on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Clayton was taken to Helena Regional Medical Center but later died from his injuries, according to authorities.

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After speaking with witnesses and getting video evidence, police said they identified 56-year-old Howard Tate as a suspect in the case and he was arrested, KARK reported.

Tate is the brother-in-law of Clayton and now faces a second-degree murder charge in his death, police said. Authorities have not detailed what led to the shooting.

He is being held at the Phillips County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond, authorities said.


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