The Holiday Island, Ark., man accused of murdering a man from Golden in the victim's home in December 2017 was found guilty by jury last week. According to court records, the jury returned guilty verdicts on both counts Matthew Jackson, 41, was charged with, murder in the first degree and armed criminal action.
Jackson's first trial ended in a mistrial on October 29, 2018. At the time, Barry County Prosecuting Attorney Amy Boxx said the mistrial was declared because of an accidental contact between the jury pool and a state witness testifying in the case. After the mistrial, it was rescheduled.
Jackson was found guilty to murdering a man from Golden in his home after an argument on December 4, 2017. The victim, Steven Chupp, was stabbed several times, according to affidavits of probable cause. Chupp died on the way to the hospital, according to affidavits.
When the murder was first reported, Major Leonard Collins, with the Barry County Sheriff's Department, said the two men were coworkers and had been in arguments prior to the stabbing, as well. The cause of the argument that led to the stabbing was unknown at the time of Jackson's arrest.
When officers made contact with Jackson, he allegedly told them he had stabbed Chupp. Jackson was taken into police custody without incident and held in the Barry County Jail in lieu of a $200,000 cash-only bond.
Jackson's trial lasted three days, beginning March 26. A verdict was found on March 8.
Jackson is scheduled for sentencing in front of the honorable Jack Goodman on Monday, June 7, 2019, at 1 p.m. Jackson remains in custody in the Barry County Jail while he waits for sentencing.