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Prosecutor: Craighead County woman sentenced 40 years in prison for stabbing

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)
EGYPT, AR (KAIT) -

A Craighead County woman was sentenced to nearly 40 years in prison for the murder of an Egypt man, according to the prosecutor over the case.

Elizabeth Agnes McKnatt was ordered to spend 37 years in prison after she plead guilty to the murder of Silva Joe Fry, according to Craighead County Prosecutor Tracye Walker.

In January, Fry was found in his home at 79 Pyramid Street from multiple stab wounds and pronounced dead at a Jonesboro hospital.

McKnatt and David Nathaniel Ferguson were arrested for first degree murder. Ferguson's case is still pending.

According to court records, Ferguson and McKnatt were taking care of a five year old boy when they robbed Fry. Investigator Justin Rolland said the boy, whose mother was in jail at the time of the murder, witnessed parts of the killing.

The probable cause affidavit stated the suspects left the scene in a white suburban. During the intitial investigation, officers saw a vehicle matching the description on Highway 230 west of Bono. Ferguson, McKnatt and the five year old were inside the car.

McKnatt reportedly has blood on her hands, court records stated.

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.

If Ferguson is convicted, he could spend 10 to 40 years in prison.

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