Trial Delayed For Arkansas Parolee Charged With Murder

Jan 7, 2014

Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

The murder trial of an eight-time parole absconder is being delayed until April.

Darrell Dennis is charged with capital murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery in the May 10 death of 18-year-old Forrest Abrams.

He was arrested less than 30 hours after being released from the Pulaski County jail where he was being held on an absconder warrant.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza on Tuesday agreed to postpone the trial from Feb. 3 until April 30 to give Dennis' new attorney more time to prepare for the case. Dennis didn't speak during the brief appearance.

The revelation that Dennis has a lengthy history of violating parole led to a review of the state parole system, a change in leadership and several policy changes.