Carbondale man indicted on 8 counts, including 2 first-degree murder counts

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Dustin Duncan
Carbondale Times


    A Jackson County Grand Jury returned an eight-count indictment Wednesday charging Jarrell Pulen, 22, of Carbondale, with first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, according to Jackson County State's Attorney Michael Carr.
    The indictment stems from the March 9 shooting which occurred near 418 E. Willow St., in Carbondale resulting in the death of JaVon Trott, 19, of Johnston City.
    The indictment specifically charges Pullen with two counts of first-degree murder, and five counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. All the charges are Class 1 felonies. The remaining charge is unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, a Class 2 felony.
    Carr says if convicted of first-degree murder, Pullen faces a sentence ranging from 20 to 60 years in prison, with a possibility of an extended term of 25 years to life if a gun was discharged causing the death of another person. Carr says probation would not be a possibility.
    If convicted of aggravated discharge of a firearm, each charge carries a punishment of 3 to 14 years in prison. The charge of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, also carries a sentence of 3 to 14 years.
    On March 9, police responded to the 400 block of East Willow Street. When officers arrived, they found Trott lying in a parking lot across from a private residence. He was taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, where he later died.    
    Pullen was arrested by U.S. Marshals and the Craighead County Sheriff's Department on April 11 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was arrested on a first-degree murder charged issued by Carr's office.
    Pullen was extradited back to Jackson County, and he is scheduled to be arraigned in Jackson County Court at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 11.