Man In Fight over Barking Dogs Found Guilty Of Murder

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) – A man has been convicted of fatally stabbing his neighbor at a southeast Washington motel in a fight over barking dogs.

The Tri-City Herald reports Earnace Beasley Jr. denied stabbing William Bepler during the May 9, 2020, confrontation.

But jurors in Beasley’s Benton County Superior Court trial didn’t believe him, instead returning a guilty verdict on Wednesday for first-degree murder during a burglary.

The jury also found that Beasley was armed with a deadly weapon – a knife – during the crime, which will lead to additional time in prison.

He will be held without bail pending sentencing set for early January.

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