Jury Selection To Start In Ex-Treasurer's Trial

Mar 5, 2014

File photo of Martha Shoffner leaving a court hearing in June 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

After a 2 1/2-day delay because of icy weather, jury selection is set to begin in the bribery trial of former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner.

A pretrial hearing is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday in federal court in Little Rock, followed by jury selection at 1 p.m.

Shoffner faces a 14-count extortion and bribery indictment for allegedly accepting $36,000 in payments from a bond broker, to whom Shoffner is accused of steering state business.

Shoffner also faces 10 fraud charges for alleged campaign misspending, for which she'll be tried separately.

Shoffner was arrested last year after prosecutors say the bond broker wore a listening device as he delivered $6,000 in a pie box to Shoffner.

Shoffner attempted to plead guilty last year but a judge didn't accept her plea.