Man convicted in Golden murder case

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Jackson to be sentenced on June 17

After nearly a year and a half and one case declared a mistrial, a jury judgement has been reached in the case of Matthew Jackson, of Holiday Island, Ark., accused of stabbing a man to death in Golden in December 2017.

Following a three-day jury trial and four-and-a-half hours of deliberations, a jury found Jackson guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

According to a press release from Amy Boxx, Barry County prosecutor, Jackson allegedly stabbed an unarmed Steven Chubb Jr. seven times with a Gerber tool, with three of the wound being in Chubb’s chest. Jackson claimed self defense.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 19. In the release, Boxx said she wished to thank the jurors for their hard work and careful deliberation.

According a probable cause report from the original case, the incident occurred at about 6:50 p.m. in the 29000 area of Highway J in Golden. Jackson allegedly stabbed Chupp 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.

A mistrial was declared in the first jury trial, due to contact between a witness and the jury pool, leading the trial to be reset.

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