Father, son arrested after Marianna shooting that killed mother, her son


MARIANNA, Ark. — Two men were arrested Wednesday after a deadly double shooting in Marianna last weekend that killed a mother and her son.

Officers were in the area of Mixon Street when they heard gunshots Saturday. They eventually located Clarice Jackson and her son Gary Walker Jr. dead inside a home in the 100 block of Mixon.

The Marianna Police Department and the Arkansas State Police were quickly able to identify J.C. Watson Jr. and and his son Tyyun Hill as suspects in the case.

Police said Hill and Walker got into a fight at the house. They said Hill and his father later returned to the house.

The father, Watson, allegedly tried to calm things down, but police said Hill pulled out a gun and opened fire, shooting into the home and killing Jackson.

Jackson’s stepfather, William Davis, said she was a loving woman.

“Everybody knew and loved her,” Davis said. “She had a lot of friends around here.”

Police said Hill didn’t stop shooting as he went into the house and also killed Walker. Walker was one of Jackson’s five children, and he had a child of his own.

“Really he was just starting to live,” Davis said. “He just got himself together, and it was like he was about to do something for himself. Do something with himself.”

Watson was arrested Sunday evening and charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Hill was able to make his way to Fayetteville, where he was arrested Monday morning. He has been returned to Marianna to face two counts of capital murder.

No bond has yet been set for Hill or Watson.

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