The suspect in a Fort Smith homicide investigation has died of injuries suffered in an alleged beating at the hands of the victim's family members.
Eric Boyd, 23, was pronounced dead Monday night just before nine o'clock at Mercy Hospital. On Monday around four o'clock in the morning, Fort Smith officers responded to a reported burglary at 1804 Brazil Avenue.
Police were told that Boyd had broken into the house and attacked one of the occupants. They said other occupants of the home were able to subdue the suspect after the attack.
Police said Boyd and Jackson, who know each other, became involved in a physical confrontation and Boyd was armed with a knife. After Jackson was stabbed, police said he began yelling for help, alerting his father and brother who were asleep inside the home. According to reports, Boyd was immediately confronted by John's brother Justin Jackson, 20, and father Jeffrey Jackson, 57.
Officers found John Jackson, 24, with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to Sparks hospital where he later died.
The investigation continues.
Original story (October 29):
Fort Smith Police believe a love triangle is to blame for a man's stabbing death early today.
Officers were called to a home on Brazil Avenue around four o'clock this morning.
Police say Eric Boyd, 23 broke into the home of John Jackson, 24, and stabbed him several times. Jackson was taken to Sparks Hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Jackson's family attacked Boyd after the stabbing and severely beat him, sending him to the hospital, according to police.
Police say they believe the stabbing was over a woman, and that Boyd was her ex-boyfriend, and Jackson was her new boyfriend.
The investigation is continuing.