$5 million bond set for man accused of murdering elderly couple

Published: May. 8, 2023 at 6:38 PM CDT|Updated: May. 22, 2023 at 8:37 PM CDT
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CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) – A man accused of killing his father and stepmother is being held on a $5 million bond.

Craighead County District Court Judge David Boling found probable cause Monday to charge 61-year-old Jonathan Dean Boyd of Paragould on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, and theft of a firearm.

The judge set Boyd’s bond at $5 million and ordered him to wear an ankle monitor should he be released. Boling also ordered Boyd to surrender his passport.

Chief Deputy Justin Rolland said Sunday, May 21, that Jonathan Dean Boyd was arrested and...
Chief Deputy Justin Rolland said Sunday, May 21, that Jonathan Dean Boyd was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.(Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

Boyd is suspected in the murder of 84-year-old Larry Dean Boyd and his wife, 80-year-old Othelana Josephine Boyd. Rolland told K8 News that the suspect is Larry Boyd’s son.

The couple was found dead at a home in the 7900 block of Highway 351 North around 11 a.m. Monday, May 8.

On Sunday, May 21, Greene County sheriff’s deputies and Paragould police arrested Boyd in Paragould.

Neighbors like Curtis Huggins, who has lived next to the victims for the last two years, were shocked to hear the news.

“You’re out here in the middle of nowhere, you don’t think that sort of thing is going on,” Huggins said.

While neighbors are shaken, Huggins did find some solace in what the police told him.

“It did help to hear that it didn’t look random, so you hope there’s not a serial criminal-type thing going on,” Huggins said.

The cause of death has not been released.

correction: K8 News initially reported that Jonathan Dean Boyd had been arrested on May 16. We regret the error.