December stabbing ruled justifiable homicide

MOUNTAIN HOME (KATV) - A December stabbing in Baxter County has been ruled a justifiable homicide.

14th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Ron Kincade made the decision Thursday not to file charges in the death of 20-year-old Roy Lee Hogans.

Investigators said that a fight broke out between Hogans and his girlfriend's father, 44-year-old Kenneth Carl Kitch, around 10:30 p.m. on December 5 in Midway, Ark. Kitch was hurt and taken inside the house to be treated but then went back outside and a second fight started, ending with Hogans on top of Kitch.

Investigators said Hogans pulled a knife but Kitch was able to pull it away. He stabbed Hogans three times in the chest. Hogans was taken into the kitchen, where he later died.

Although the prosecutor decided the death was justified, other charges arestill pending against Kitch for his conduct during the investigation. He is currently in prison for a drug conviction out of Marion County.

At the time of the fight, Kitch had already been convicted on those drug charges but wasn't in prison because there wasn't enough bed space at the Marion County prison.