New Llano man dies after stabbing, other man claims self-defense

New Llano man dies after stabbing, other man claims self-defense
Kevin Burnett

VERNON PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A New Llano man has been arrested following an alleged altercation that led to a death by stabbing, according to a Facebook post from the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.

VPSO received a call concerning a physical altercation on Hickery Street in New Llano on Oct. 12 around 10:02 p.m., says the post. The caller, Kevin Burnett, 47, indicated that the other person involved in the altercation was Harry Joiner, 35. Burnett said that Joiner has been injured and was being taken to the hospital via vehicle.

The post says Burnett then told police that Joiner chased him with a pipe. Burnett said he had to defend himself with a knife. Deputies visited a medical facility and found that Joiner was in grave condition due to an arterial stab wound to his arm.

Witnesses told VPSO that earlier in the evening, there was a disagreement between family members. The witnesses said Burnett also threatened a female with a knife.

Both witnesses also said that the two men then got into an altercation which led to Joiner arming himself with a pipe, the post says.

Burnett is charged with one count of aggravated assault in relation to the incident with the female. He is booked into the VPSO jail. Bond is set at $3,500.

Joiner succumbed to his injury.

VPSO says the investigation is still ongoing. Joiner’s case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office so that it can be presented to a Grand Jury.

On October 12, 2018, at approximately 10:02 p.m., the Vernon Parish E 911 Communications Center received a call from a...

Posted by Vernon Parish Sheriff Dept on Monday, October 15, 2018

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