Eddie Alton Boyd, 51, was found guilty by a Miller County jury in a domestic violence case. The four-woman, eight-man jury deliberated for less than 40 minutes before returning a unanimous verdict of guilty on the felony of Domestic Assault in the First Degree as charged by Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard.
Boyd's trial was held earlier this week.
The charges stem from allegations that Boyd repeatedly beat and kicked his wife at their home in Eldon, Missouri on the evening of February 16, 2010, causing serious physical injuries.
Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard noted that the victim was initially reluctant to cooperate with the authorities when the crime was first reported by a family member, but two weeks later provided a statement to the Eldon Police Department and was taken to an area hospital where she was found to still be suffering from multiple broken ribs and other remaining bruises and contusions.
Shortly thereafter Boyd was taken into custody and has remained incarcerated in the Missouri Department of Corrections on other sentences until the trial.
Assistant Prosecutor Roger Gibbons presented the evidence in the case to the jury during the two days of trial that commenced on Tuesday morning, and had the court certify that Boyd was a persistent felony offender before the case was given to the jury. Boyd faces a possible punishment for the Class A felony of a minimum 10 years ranging up to 30 years or life in prison.
Circuit Judge Ken Hayden presided over the trial at the Tuscumbia courthouse, and set formal sentencing for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 in the Circuit Court of Miller County.
Information provided by Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard