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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Man convicted of Tuckerman murder

  • A former Tuckerman man charged with the October 2011 murder of his father-in-law has been found guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court.

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  • A former Tuckerman man charged with the October 2011 murder of his father-in-law has been found guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court.
    A jury returned a guilty verdict Wednesday, June 13 shortly after 11 a.m.  They deliberated 19 minutes before finding Ike Shawndale Nunn guilty of Murder in the First Degree in the beating death of Cecil Phillips, 61, of Tuckerman.
    According to the authorities, Phillips died as a result of blunt force trauma, sustaining several skull fractures, at the hands of Nunn.
    Neighbors notified police that Phillips had not been seen since Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, shortly after testifying in a custody battle over Nunn's children.  Nunn was relieved of custody of his children the last day Phillips was seen alive.
    Members of the Tuckerman Police Department found Phillips' body inside his padlocked trailer Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.
    Also in the Phillips home, a baseball bat, determined to be the murder weapon, was found.
    Authorities in Toledo, Ohio alerted the Jackson County Sheriff's Office that Phillips' vehicle had been driven to a psychiatric facility there by Nunn, who had checked himself in and allegedly admitted to the crime.
    Nunn was sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction for the crime.
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