One of two suspects charged in the 2019 death of a Star City boy pleaded guilty to capital murder Thursday.


Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter said David Black, 38, entered the plea and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole by Circuit Judge Alex Guynn.


Black and his wife, 30-year-old Mary Black were charged in the death of their son, Joseph Carsello, 11, of Star City on June 16, 2019.


Star City Police received a call that the boy was not breathing and responded to a house in Star City. The boy later was pronounced dead at the scene.


An autopsy by the State Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the cause of death was multiple blunt-force trauma and the manner of death was listed as a homicide.


During an interview with the Arkansas State Police, Mary Black said both she and David Black had whipped the boy with a belt, then began striking him in the face for back-talking.


Hunter said charges are still pending against Mary Black, who, if convicted of capital murder, would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or death by lethal injection.