Stabbing produces murder charges

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A man who allegedly killed an illegal immigrant living in Monett was arrested and charged with second degree murder by Barry County Prosecutor Johnnie Cox on Monday.

Francisco "Pancho" Hernandez, 28, is accused of stabbing a man identified as Roberto "Viego" Hernandez during an altercation over a paycheck. The stabbing occurred at 212 Frisco St. in Monett on Friday night.

According to a report issued by the Monett Police Department, Francisco Hernandez grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Roberto Hernandez in the abdomen when he attempted to enter the home.

Officers were called to Pack N Go store in Monett after it was reported that a stabbing victim had been transported there. When the officers arrived, they met with Roberto Hernandez and a woman who drove him to the convenience store.

Roberto Hernandez was transported to the hospital where he later died. Because the victim was in the United States illegally, officers are still working on finding out the victim's real identity.

After further questioning of individuals living at the home where the stabbing occurred, Monett police officers determined that Francisco Hernandez was their suspect. Officers also discovered, according to witnesses, that Ismiel Reyes, 25 of Siloam Springs, Ark., had driven Francisco Hernandez to Arkansas in an attempt to help him escape custody.

Reyes has now been charged with hindering prosecution, which is a Class D felony. Francisco Hernandez was later apprehended in Stillwater, Okla. Both men are awaiting extradition back to Barry County.

Reports issued by the Monett Police Department indicate that both the suspect and the victim were working as day laborers in the Monett area and living together at the home where the stabbing occurred.

An autopsy was performed on Monday but results had not been released at presstime.

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