Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty, Bond Set

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The arraignment for a Fort Smith man charged with the murder of a 21-year-old woman on Dec. 29 was held Wednesday morning.

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Jonathan Jackson, 23, and a public defender was appointed to represent him.

Jackson’s bond was set at $250,000. He is being held in the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center.

Jackson is accused of killing Aleya Criswell when he fired several shots at a vehicle she was riding in.

Criswell was pronounced dead shortly after she arrived at a Fort Smith hospital, according to Capt. Jarrard Copeland. Criswell had at least one gunshot wound in the lower back, police said.

Jackson had had an earlier dispute with another occupant of the vehicle and opened fire when he saw the vehicle at the intersection of North May Avenue and North L. Street, according to police.