Waldron Man Found Guilty Of Stabbing Man To Death After Asking To Use Phone

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SCOTT COUNTY (KFSM) – The Waldron man accused of stabbing another man to death after asking to use his phone last year was found guilty of first-degree murder Monday afternoon by a Scott County jury. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Joshua Beyard stabbed 59-year-old Tou Lur to death at Lur’s home two miles east of Waldron, according to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. Lur was alive when he was put into an ambulance at the scene Feb. 9, 2014, but died on the way to the hospital, according to Waldron police.

The jury deliberated Monday morning and into the afternoon before coming up with its verdict, according to the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office. Beyard was sentenced to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction during a sentencing hearing immediately after the verdict.

Lur’s wife told Scott County deputies a man came to their home on Stardust Road and asked to borrow their phone to make a call. She said Beyard grabbed her husband and began stabbing him. Xee Lur ran out of the back of the home and called 911, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Scott County.

Responding deputies and medical crews found Tou Lur on the floor with multiple stab wounds to his body. He was transported to the hospital, but died on the way.

Scott County deputies received a call two hours later from a woman saying her son, Beyard, came home and told her he had just stabbed someone. Deputies arrived at her home and took Beyard into custody without incident, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Beyard was later charged with first-degree murder.

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