Man charged in stabbing death

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Suspect, victim were working together at home

A Holiday Island, Ark., man is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing a man to death at a home in Golden on Saturday.

Matthew Jackson, 40, of Holiday Island, Ark., is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Steven Chupp.

According to a probable cause report filed by Alvin Zabala, deputy with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred at about 6:50 p.m. at a home in the 29000 area of Highway J in Golden. Jackson allegedly stabbed Chupp with a knife several times, and Chupp was pronounced dead en route to the hospital.

Gary Davis, Barry County sheriff, said Jackson and Chupp, both from Arkansas, were working an odd job together for the people who owned the home. When deputies arrived, responding to a report of a fight at the scene, ambulance personnel were already treating Chupp, and Jackson was taken into custody.

Authorities so not know the exact reason for the stabbing.

"We've heard all kinds of rumors, but only two people really know, and one is dead and the other has a lawyer so we can't talk to him," Davis said.

The probable cause statement said Jackson has a criminal history, and Davis said he has been in multiple states in the past few years.

Jackson is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $200,000. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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