Farmer Acquitted on Murder Charges
Last week, a jury found Joshua Mason Farmer, formerly of Rector, not guilty of the first-degree murder after deliberating for 30 minutes.
Farmer, formerly of Rector, was originally arrested by the Poinsett County Sheriff's Department in connection with the death of Jefferson Scott Crawford, 46, of Harrisburg. Crawford was found outside his residence, dead of a gunshot wound on Aug. 8, 2015.
The trial began on Oct. 17 and lasted for three days. Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder, then chief deputy, and former detective Ron Martin both testified that Farmer had told them he had been at the Crawford residence the day of the murder and had left to get ready for a date.
Darryl White, a Lindsey Farms co-worker of Farmer, testified that Farmer told him he shot and killed Crawford. Another co-worker, Jacob Lindsey, testified that Farmer confessed to him a week after the shooting took place. Lindsey also testified that Farmer told him he lost his gun, a .22 caliber Mossberg. Lindsey said Farmer later told him not to spray a tree for weeds, and when Lindsey asked Martin to check the area, they found a .22 rifle, which matched the caliber used in the murder.
When Farmer took the stand, he refuted claims that he had shot and killed Crawford. He said three witnesses who claimed he had confessed to the murder were lying and that, though he had been at the Crawford residence the day of the murder, he was not responsible and had left before Crawford was killed to get ready for a date.
Farmer still faces a felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and was released on his own recognizance pending a future hearing for the charge.