MARION, AR – Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announces Tanisha Gillard, 26, was convicted by jury in Crittenden County Circuit Court of the Murder in the Second Degree of Wesley Booker, 24. On September 2, 2017, Gillard and Booker got into a verbal disagreement in front of Booker’s young child regarding Booker’s tardiness in picking up his child. The argument escalated, and Gillard stabbed Booker. Gillard claimed that she stabbed Booker in self-defense. The jury composed of eight women and four men instead found Gillard guilty of Murder in the Second Degree. They recommended a sentence of ten years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC) for the charge of Murder in the Second Degree, and they also recommended an additional five years in the ADC as a sentencing enhancement due to the crime taking place in the presence of a minor child. Judge Randy Philhours agreed to the jury’s sentencing recommendation.
Ellington said, “I want to thank Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Tom Young and Mike Snell for their dedication to the pursuit of justice in this case. I also want to thank Marion Police Department and Detectives Bobby Morgan and Paul Turney for their hard work. Finally, justice wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the citizens of Crittenden County. I want to thank the jurors for lending their time to the County.”