A dispute over pesticide drift has led to the death of one man and the arrest of another in Leachville, Ark., according to Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook.
Thursday night, 26-year-old Allan Curtis Jones of the town of Arbyrd, in Missouri’s far southern Bootheel, was arrested in connection with the death of 55-year-old farmer Mike Wallace, of nearby Monette, Ark. Jones is in custody on first degree murder charges, Cook told AgWeb.
Local news station KAIT reports Jones told deputies he and his cousin had met with Wallace to “talk about a dispute between them."
The dispute was over spraying dicamba herbicide, Cook confirmed to KAIT.
Jones reportedly said Wallace had confronted him and grabbed him by the arm. Jones then pulled away and “shot Wallace until the gun was empty,” KAIT reports.
“[Jones] is trying to say it was self-defense,” Cook told AgWeb.
Jones bonded out of jail and will appear again in court on Monday, KAIT reports.
AgWeb is continuing to investigate this story and will have updates as they become available.