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Police: Child witnessed murder of NE Arkansas man

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David Nathaniel Ferguson (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office) David Nathaniel Ferguson (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
Elizabeth Agnes McKnatt (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office) Elizabeth Agnes McKnatt (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
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JONESBORO, AR  (KAIT) – Two people have been charged with first degree murder in the death of Silva Joe Fry, according to court documents filed in Craighead County District Court. According to police, David Nathaniel Ferguson and Elizabeth Agnes McKnatt were arrested Monday night, and a five year old boy was placed in custody of the Department of Human Services.

According to police, Fry was found in his home at 79 Pyramid Street in Egypt with multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at a Jonesboro hospital. His body has been taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy, which concluded he died of stab wounds.

Investigator Justin Rolland with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department told Region 8 News that the motive for Fry's killing was robbery. He also said the five year old boy witnessed parts of the murder. He said Ferguson and McKnatt were taking care of the boy for another woman who is in jail.

According to a probable cause affidavit, police were called about a possible stabbing at Fry's home Monday night, and the suspects left the scene in a white suburban. It went on to state officers saw a vehicle matching the description traveling on Highway 230 west of Bono. Ferguson, McKnatt and the five year old were inside the car.

The affidavit stated McKnatt had blood on her hands.

In the report, Ferguson told officers he went to Fry's home to do laundry. When he arrived, he discovered Fry had a knife in his back. An autopsy report revealed Fry sustained multiple stab wounds.

The affidavit stated McKnatt told Ferguson that she had everything ready to kill Fry, and asked if he was going to help. Then, she gave him 20 minutes to decide if he'd help her kill him.

Ferguson then told police he went back to the car with the five year old before going back inside the house. He then found Fry in a bedroom. Court documents stated Ferguson tried to use Fry's cell phone to call paramedics before McKnatt broke the phone.

Ferguson admitted to investigators that he had the knife used in the attack, according to the affidavit.

Both suspects are set to appear in district court again on February 28th at the Craighead County Courthouse, charged with first degree murder. If convicted, they could spend 10 to 40 years in prison.

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