Yerbey enters guilty plea to first degree murder in Lake City

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LAKE CITY, Ark. – Christopher Yerbey, 34, just admitted to murdering 55-year-old Rickie Kirkendoll in his guilty plea before a Lake City courtroom, said 2nd Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington.

Yerbey just entered a guilty plea to Murder 1 in Lake City, Ellington told me through text. He was set to begin a jury trial proceeding which would have lasted through Friday. For his guilty plea, Yerbey received a sentence of 23 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction followed by 15 years suspended imposition of sentence (the easiest way to explain this is 15 years probation).

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The incident report in the case said Yerbey’s mother told police she had been in the kitchen cooking dinner with Kirkendoll when Yerbey walked in. Putting a gun to Kirkendoll’s head, Yerbey apologized and shot him, said the report. The wound was mortal. He fell to the floor and died a short time later.

Yerbey was then said to have stolen the victim’s truck and set it on fire in a rice field in Crittenden County. He turned himself in to authorities the following day.

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