A Miller County jury handed down a life sentence Thursday for a man who fatally stabbed a friend 10 times last year.
Cameron Scott “Fishman” Halliburton, 29, was found guilty by the jury Thursday morning of first-degree murder in the Nov. 26, 2017, stabbing death of 27-year-old Jarrod Klein. After hearing testimony and arguments concerning the punishment he should receive, the jury sentenced Halliburton to life. There is no parole from a life sentence in Arkansas.
While a clear motive for the killing never surfaced, witnesses testified that the two men had been using synthetic marijuana on the night of Klein’s murder.
Klein was found dead behind the wheel of his Chevy truck as it rested against a tree off Linden Street near the Family Dollar Store. Detectives obtained video footage from the dollar store which showed the truck pass through the parking lot at about 1:30 a.m. and out of view. A few minutes later Halliburton can be seen staggering in the parking lot as he approaches and tries to open the door of the business.
The truck was in park when found by police but they were never able to locate the keys. The passenger side door was open.
When Halliburton is arrested later that day he is wearing the same clothing as in the store video. Using a receipt from the Flying J Truck Stop for pizza found in the car, detectives were able to track down people who had been with Halliburton and Klein that day. Witnesses testified that Halliburton had with him the night of Nov. 25, 2017, the filet knife he always carried in a sheath on his belt. At the time of his arrest the knife sheath on Halliburton’s belt was empty and a murder weapon was never found.
Klein had been stabbed 10 times. According to testimony from Medical Examiner Stephen Erickson, Klein was still conscious when he was stabbed several times in the face, including in his left eye. A stab wound to his chest caused internal bleeding which was fatal. Erickson said Klein was unresponsive from the chest wound when he was stabbed seven times in his neck.
Prosecuting Attorney Stephanie Potter Barrett and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kristian Robertson prosecuted Halliburton for the state. Halliburton was represented by Managing Public Defender Jason Mitchell. Circuit Judge Carlton Jones presided over the trial.