Arkansas Crime http://ualrpublicradio.org en Trial Rescheduled For Man Charged In Arkansas Mom's Death http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/trial-rescheduled-man-charged-arkansas-moms-death <p>A judge has rescheduled the first-degree murder trial for a man accused of killing a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher.</p><p>The trial for Kevin Duck was set to begin Tuesday, but a judge in Garland County has delayed the trial until November at the request of prosecutors.</p><p>Duck is accused in the 2011 death of his girlfriend, Dawna Natzke, who worked as a police dispatcher and was a mother of three.</p><p>Authorities say Natzke was last seen with Duck at a Christmas party, and searchers found her body days later.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:57:57 +0000 Associated Press 26863 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Seventh Murder Of 2014 Occurs In North Little Rock http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/seventh-murder-2014-occurs-north-little-rock <p>Police have identified a North Little Rock man found shot to death Sunday morning. North Little Rock Police say 28-year-old Michael Cook was found dead shortly after midnight.</p><p>Police responded to a report of gunshots and found Cook lying in the middle of the street with a single visible gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital where he died.</p><p>Cook was not carrying identification. Police canvassed the neighborhood and ran his fingerprints to try to identify him. They eventually asked the public for help. Police named Cook Sunday night.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:28:30 +0000 Associated Press 26858 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Seventh Murder Of 2014 Occurs In North Little Rock Jury Finds Bulls Shoals Police Chief Not Guilty On Two Counts http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/jury-finds-bulls-shoals-police-chief-not-guilty-two-counts <p>A jury has found Bull Shoals police chief not guilty on two counts and a mistrial was ordered on a third count.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/1oTGNJx" target="_blank">Baxter Bulletin</a> reports the jury reached the verdict in the case of Daniel Sutterfield late Friday evening.</p><p>Sutterfield was found not guilty on charges of conspiracy and falsifying a police report. A mistrial was declared on the count of use of excessive force.</p><p>The charges were related to the July 2013 arrest of Nicholas Dore on suspicion of domestic abuse.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:57:36 +0000 Associated Press 26803 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Bull Shoals Police Chief On Trial For Excessive Force http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/bull-shoals-police-chief-trial-excessive-force <p>A trial has begun for the chief of the Bull Shoals Police Department, who is accused of using excessive force against a suspect.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.baxterbulletin.com/story/news/local/2014/07/15/sutterfield-trial/12713403/" target="_blank">Baxter Bulletin</a> reports prosecutors allege Daniel Sutterfield kicked and beat a domestic abuse suspect with a shotgun and threw him into a fireplace.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:35:41 +0000 Associated Press 26595 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Man Charged With Capital Murder Fit To Stand Trial http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/man-charged-capital-murder-fit-stand-trial <p></p><p>A lawyer says a man charged with capital murder in Arkansas has been declared fit for trial after a mental evaluation.</p><p>The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a lawyer for Darrell Dennis says his client can stand trial. He adds Dennis won't challenge the finding.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:15:34 +0000 Associated Press 26537 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Man Charged With Capital Murder Fit To Stand Trial Lawyers Say Man Sentenced To Death Is Mentally Ill http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/lawyers-say-man-sentenced-death-mentally-ill <p></p><p>Lawyers for a man who was sentenced to death for an Arkansas murder more than 20 years ago argue their client has a mental disability. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:47:21 +0000 Associated Press 26523 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Lawyers Say Man Sentenced To Death Is Mentally Ill Search Continues For Missing Arkansas Inmate Three Weeks After Escape http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/search-continues-missing-arkansas-inmate-three-weeks-after-escape <p></p><p>Corrections officials say the search continues for a convicted killer who escaped an Arkansas prison more than three weeks ago.</p><p>Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says the agency continues to follow up on tips and reported sightings of inmate Timothy Buffington, who escaped the Pine Bluff Unit on June 21.</p><p>But Wilson said Monday that there's been no confirmed sighting of Buffington apart from surveillance video taken the night of the escape. He escaped while doing janitorial work at a house on prison grounds, and officials say he stole a shotgun.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:52:10 +0000 Associated Press 26452 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Search Continues For Missing Arkansas Inmate Three Weeks After Escape Opening Arguments Set In Arkansas Inmate's Trial http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/opening-arguments-set-arkansas-inmates-trial <p>Opening arguments are set in a resentencing trial for an Arkansas man whose death sentence was overturned more than two years ago by the Arkansas Supreme Court.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Frank Williams </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. was convicted in Lafayette County for the 1992 killing of farmer Clyde Smith. But in December 2011, the state's highest court ordered that Williams be </span>resentenced<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, citing problems with his original sentencing in 1993.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:53:02 +0000 Associated Press 26313 at http://ualrpublicradio.org No One Hurt After Shots Fired In Little Rock River Market http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/no-one-hurt-after-shots-fired-little-rock-river-market <p></p><p>Little Rock police say no one was injured after shots were fired in the busy River Market district downtown.</p><p>Lt. Sidney Allen says a large group of teenagers was escorted out of the River Market Amphitheater on Wednesday night during the outdoor Movies in the Park event, where "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was being shown.</p><p>Allen says that shots were fired once the group reached Clinton Avenue, and several people ran in different directions. No one was hit by the gunfire.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:47:57 +0000 Associated Press 26245 at http://ualrpublicradio.org No One Hurt After Shots Fired In Little Rock River Market Bull Shoals Chief Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Excessive Force Charges http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/bull-shoals-chief-pleads-not-guilty-federal-excessive-force-charges <p>The Bull Shoals police chief has pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing him of using excessive force during an arrest.</p><p>Daniel Sutterfield is accused of kicking and stomping Nicholas Dore and using a stun gun during Dore's July 2013 arrest. He's charged in federal court with depriving Dore of his rights and trying to cover it up by ordering an officer to falsify records.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:48:50 +0000 Associated Press 26173 at http://ualrpublicradio.org