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Man facing drug charge after being questioned in early morning shooting

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A Madison County man is facing a drug charge after being held for questioning in an early Tuesday morning shooting, according to a Tuesday evening news release from the Jackson Police Department.

Police said 24-year-old Poncho Leon Watkins remained in Madison County Jail Tuesday night on a charge of simple possession of marijuana.

Watkins is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at 8 a.m. in Jackson City Court, via video link.

The release said Jackson police responded to a shots fired call around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Officers stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Lexington Ave. and N. Royal St. Inside the vehicle was a 25-year-old Henderson man, who had a gunshot wound to his leg.

Officers determined that the victim had just been shot, while outside, on S. Lindsey St. and that he was being taken to the hospital when officers stopped the vehicle.

Police said while officers searched the area, they stopped a man, later identified as Watkins, matching the description of the shooter.
Watkins was held for questioning, but after further investigation, police said there wasn't enough evidence to charge Watkins in the shooting. But, police did find a small amount of marijuana in his pocket.

The gunshot victim was treated and released at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, the release said.

Police are asking that anyone with information on the shooting contact JPD’s Major Crimes Bureau at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477 (TIPS). Submit a cyber tip at and click on “web tips”.