A suspect that assaulted a man with a 2 x 4 board, causing his death, pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree on Wednesday.
Timothy Goss, 35, received a 20 year sentence for the murder of Larkin "Lucky" Young, 39.
According to information released by officials with the Conway Police Department, Young was struck with the board on Feb. 6 and taken to Conway Regional Medical Center and later to Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, where he died on Feb. 13, as a result of the injuries he suffered.
Detective Brad Fornash investigated this incident and was told by Teresa Unwer, who witnessed the crime, that Goss struck Young after Young came to her defense.
Unwer had called for assistance and reported that Goss had been to her mobile home on Robins street, earlier in the evening but left after they had an argument.
At the time of the call, Unwer said that he (Goss) was back at her residence, banging and kicking on her door.
Unwer told Fornash that Young came to check on her welfare, at which time she stepped outside and told him she was fine and to go back home.
Young later left the residence and Unwer went back inside but said she heard yelling outside. When she looked out to see what was going on, she saw Goss hit Young in the head with a 2x4 as Young tried to back away from him.
At the time of the incident, Goss told Fornash that Young started cursing at him and advanced toward him, which is when he hit him with the board.
Goss initially faced charges of aggravated assault and battery but the charges were upgraded to murder when Young succumbed to his injuries.
La Tresha Woodruff, public information officer for the CPD said that Fornash was "very instrumental" in bringing this case to resolution.
(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org)