Jury finds Blytheville man guilty of murder and robbery

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. – A conviction for a killer happened today in Blytheville.

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced today that a Mississippi County jury in Blytheville found Michael Jackson, 25, of Blytheville, guilty of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Robbery in the death of Yuri McKeever, 27, on June 8, 2016 in Blytheville.

Circuit Judge Melissa Richardson followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Jackson to 20 years on Murder in the First Degree and 20 years on Aggravated Robbery. The sentences will run consecutively for a total of 40 years. The Jury was made up of seven men and five women.

Ellington praised the work of the Blytheville Police Department and Deputy Prosecutor Curtis Walker.  Ellington said, “Curtis Walker spent many hours with police officers, witnesses and the victim’s family in preparing this case. I know the people of Blytheville and Mississippi County appreciate his hard work.”

Jackson’s co-defendant Michael King previously plead guilty to Murder in the First Degree and received a sentence of 30 years. Evidence in the case showed that King was the person who actually shot McKeever.

Jackson was represented by Blytheville Attorney James W. Harris.

Featured Photos: Left is Michael King, Right is Michael Jackson

Press release – Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney

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