A veteran Fort Worth firefighter faces a second-degree murder charge in Garland County, Arkansas near Hot Springs.

Shea O'Neill, 40, was released on $75,000 bond late Tuesday morning. He is accused of stabbing Eston Hogue on Friday night. Hogue, 23, died from wounds to his neck.

There are conflicting accounts of what happened. O'Neill told police he was in the passenger seat next to a woman driver when he was hit in the head by two men he didn't realize were in the back seat.

According to an arrest affidavit, O'Neill said he pulled a gun to defend himself, but the men took it away. He said he then pulled a knife and lunged at one of his assailants.

But the man and woman who brought Hogue to the hospital offered a different story. Sally Jackson said they all were going to smoke marijuana. She said they stopped by a roadside. Passenger Anthony Thomas said O'Neill lunged at Eston Hogue after the two got into an argument.

Shea O'Neill, who lives in Benbrook, was treated for head injuries. Fort Worth Fire Department officials said they could not comment until they received more details on the case.

O'Neill has been a Fort Worth firefighter since 2002.


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