Police: Murder suspect inherited $200k from victim’s estate
JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Investigators say a man accused of killing his former stepfather inherited $200,000 from the victim’s estate.
Craighead County District Judge David Boling found probable cause Monday to charge 52-year-old Henry Virgil Tyner of Longview, Texas, with first-degree murder.
According to court documents, Tyner shot and killed Donald C. Hubbard on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at his home on Shady Grove Road.
During their investigation, detectives learned Tyner had checked Hubbard out of an assisted living facility the previous Friday.
“Tyner took Hubbard to 1800 Shady Grove after he got some groceries from a local store, where he had no phone or any way of communication for help if needed,” the affidavit stated.
The next day Tyner and his mother, Phyllis Kitterman, who divorced Hubbard more than 20 years ago, returned to the home with more groceries.
“Kitterman stated in an interview that when they were leaving, she got in the car, and Tyner stayed inside with Hubbard before they left,” the affidavit said. “Tyner was the last person to be with Hubbard before he was discovered deceased.”
Initially, Tyner told investigators he went to Hubbard’s house that Sunday after church to check on him.
However, surveillance video reportedly showed him driving past the home without stopping earlier that day.
Further video showed Tyner entering the home later and going directly to Hubbard’s bedroom, where Hubbard was covered with blankets and a pillow on his face, the court documents said.
The video showed Tyner turn on the bedroom light for “.08 of a second,” utter an expletive, then leave the room, according to the affidavit.
“Later in an interview, Tyner described the scene along with details of Hubbard’s injuries in detail with only being in there for .08 of second,” Detective Chad Hogard stated.
Hogard noted in the affidavit that Tyner “benefitted over $200,000 with the death of Mr. Donald Hubbard.”
After reviewing the case on Monday, Nov. 21, Judge Boling set Tyner’s bond at $500,000 cash/surety and ordered him to wear an ankle monitor should he be released.
Tyner remains in the Craighead County Detention Center awaiting arraignment on Dec. 28.
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