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(Mountain Home) – 14th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Ron Kincade has ruled the death of a man in Baxter County on December 5 was justifiable homicide.

20-year-old Roy Hogans died December 5, 2012 at a home in Midway, Arkansas. Police say evidence and witness statements indicated that sometime during the evening an altercation took place between the victim, Roy Hogans and the father of Hogans’ girlfriend, 44-year-old Kenneth Kitch resulting in Kitch being injured. After being separated, Kitch was taken into the house to treat his wounds. Kitch walked out of the house and a second fight occurred, with the two men ending up on the ground and with Hogans on top of Kitch. During the course of the fight a knife was brandished by Hogans and during the struggle, Hogans was stabbed three times in the chest area. The two were separated again with Hogans going into the house and Kitch was taken to another residence. A short time later Hogans was discovered in the back yard bleeding severely. He was taken into the kitchen where it is believed he died from his wounds around 10:30 PM.

Investigators from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas State Police presented the case to the Prosecutor Kincade on Monday. After reviewing the case, Kincade met with investigators Thursday morning and made the ruling of Justifiable Homicide.

Charges are pending against Kitch for his conduct during the investigation. Kitch, who resides in Yellville, is currently incarcerated in the Arkansas Department of Corrections relating to a conviction on drug related charges from Marion County, AR.

At the time of the incident, Kitch had been convicted but was out of jail in Marion County waiting for bed space to become available at the prison.

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