Poplar Bluff Man Beat to Death

(Poplar Bluff) The parents of a 12-year-old boy face charges of voluntary manslaughter for beating a man to death last weekend.

The Butler County Coroner reports 41-year-old Joe Girard died from asphyxiation caused by a fractured larynx.

Witnesses say Girard was highly intoxicated when he hit the boy.

Bystanders began to hit Girard, then Ricky Holt Junior and Brenda Holt joined in.

They are the boy’s parents.

One witness says Ricky Holt hit the dead man at least 20 times, adding he jumped in the air and landed on Girard with both feet.


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