Deputies: Shirley Homicide Suspect Planned Shooting after being Released from Prison

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VAN BUREN COUNTY, Ark. – Details released in the case of a 28-year-old man killed in Van Buren County on Tuesday evening show that the accused killer had been planning the homicide since he was released from prison in 2014, authorities said.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to a home on Arkansas 9. When they arrived, they found Jonas Donahue shot multiple times in a vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital, but he was dead before arriving at the facility, deputies said.

Authorities said they arrested Andrew J. Severns in connection with the homicide. 

Around 8 p.m., a woman called deputies saying that Severns shot and killed Donahue, authorities said. 

Severns was found in the residence on Arkansas 9 that authorities were called to, and he surrendered without incident. 

The suspect told authorities he shot Donahue multiple times with a .22 caliber rifle, deputies said. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office said Severns told them he had been thinking about killing Donahue since he was released from prison in 2014. 

Investigators later learned that Severns had been living with Donahue for three days prior to the homicide. Severns said he hid the rifle in a shop near the scene and planned to “execute” Donahue in Van Buren County because he preferred being booked into the detention facility there, according to authorities. 

A search warrant was executed on Severns’ vehicle, and authorities said they recovered multiple .22 caliber casings, along with a .22 caliber rifle, a .357 pistol and a second rifle. Investigators learned that all three guns were stolen from a residence in Cleburne County in October 2015, deputies said. 

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