Manhunt ends for murder suspect at Mid-South homeless shelter

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - "Thank you Jesus!" says Arlene Neuhring.

She hopes an anonymous tipster has a happy new year for helping to catch the man wanted for killing her sister Alice Dobbins.

"Thank you, God bless you, and may you get a blessing," says Neuhring.

Dobbins was one of eight siblings and a mother herself.  She was stabbed twice in the neck and found dead on the kitchen floor of her mobile home in Marianna, Arkansas the Tuesday before Christmas.  Neuhring helped her sister hang holiday lights the day before.

"It's hard," says Neuhring.

Neighborhood handyman Paul Gist quickly became a suspect and was on the run for more than a week.            

Police in West Memphis received an anonymous tip New Year's Eve that he was at the 8th Street Mission.  It's a homeless shelter within sight of the police station.

"Someone there recognized him and said, hey, this guy looks like the suspect," says Det. Martin Wilson with Marianna Police.

He suspected Gist was in West Memphis after the victim's stolen car was found abandoned there and is convinced Gist committed the crime.

"I'm quite convinced," says Wilson.

Details of a possible motive remain a mystery to the victim's family.

"We want to know why he would do this to her cause she used to help him out and everything," says Neuhring.

She and her family are praying Gist gets justice as they plan a funeral.     

"I wish I could have got my hands on him, you know, before the law did," says Alice Dobbins' brother, W.C. Dobbins.  "I would have killed him, no doubt."

Paul Gist is charged with Capital Murder and faces the death penalty if convicted.

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