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Employee charged with murder in stabbing at Eagle Grove pork processing plant

The Wright County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a stabbing around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday at the Prestage Farms.

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa — An employee at a Wright County pork processing plant has been arrested and charged with stabbing a coworker to death, law enforcement announced Wednesday.

The Wright County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a stabbing around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday at the Prestage Farms plant in Eagle Grove, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Deputies responded to find 50-year-old Wayne Smith dead inside the employee locker room. A suspect, 26-year-old Lukouxs Brown, was arrested and charged with Murder in the First Degree.

Both men are from Fort Dodge and worked at the plant.

A criminal complaint alleges Brown "did cut the throat of Wayne Allen Smith causing his death."

This incident remains under investigation with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.," DCI said in a release.

Prestage Farms employees 767 at their Eagle Grove facility.

"There was an incident between two individuals resulting in a fatality at the plant in Eagle Grove [Tuesday] morning. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is investigating with the DCI," the company said in a statement. "Due to that on-going investigation, we defer any questions to the Wright County Sheriff’s office."

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