Arkansas Courts

Judge Won't Delay Ex-Officer's Little Rock Trial

Jul 31, 2013

A judge in Pulaski County has refused a request from prosecutors to delay the upcoming manslaughter trial for a former Little Rock officer accused in the fatal shooting of a teenager.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued an order Tuesday denying the request for a delay in the retrial of ex-officer Josh Hastings.

Hastings is set to go on trial in September after a jury deadlocked in June. He's charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old Bobby Moore III.

Woman Sues Over Handcuffed Son's Death in Arkansas

Jul 29, 2013

The mother of a young man who police say fatally shot himself while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Lawyers for Chavis Carter's mother, Teresa Rudd, filed the lawsuit on Friday in in federal court in Jonesboro.

The lawsuit seeks damages for medical expenses and loss of life. It comes a year after Carter's death and names the city of Jonesboro, its police chief and two officers as defendants.

The Washington Post reports that Arkansas is one of 10 states where important legal fights are being waged over abortion rights. 

Last week, Attorneys for two Little Rock abortion providers asked a federal judge to strike down a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

Ex-Little Rock Officer's Trial Scheduled To Start

Jul 15, 2013

Trial is scheduled to begin for a former Little Rock police officer charged with escorting what he thought was a shipment of marijuana across the city.

Randall Tremayn Robinson is to go on trial Monday in Little Rock. He has pleaded not guilty.

Robinson and his half brother former officer Mark Anthony Jones - allegedly drove marked patrol cars to escort vans that an undercover agent claimed were carrying marijuana that had arrived from California.

Woman In SAU Horse Theft To Be Tried For Rustling

Jul 15, 2013

A woman already serving a prison sentence in the theft of rodeo horses from Southern Arkansas University is to be tried in a separate cattle theft case.

Trial is to begin Monday in Little River County for Wendi Cox. She is accused of stealing 15 heifers worth more than $10,000 from an East Ogden Ranch.

Prosecutors say the animals were sold at an Idabel, Okla., stockyard. The Texarkana Gazette reports Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir offered Cox a plea bargain but she rejected the deal and asked for a bench trial.

Filing: Shoffner Plans To Plead Not Guilty

Jun 24, 2013
Martha Shoffner
Danny Johnston / AP Photo

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner says she plans to plead not guilty to charges she accepted cash payments from a bond broker to whom she steered state investments, but a federal judge says she can't skip a hearing to enter that plea. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joe Volpe denied Shoffner's request to waive her appearance at an arraignment hearing scheduled for later this week. Volpe's order was dated Friday, but wasn't entered into the court system until Monday.

Shoffner and her attorney said in a filing with the court that she planned to plead not guilty.

Several Arkansas Inmates Seek To Have Appeal Dismissed

Jun 24, 2013

Several Arkansas death row inmates are seeking to have their appeal dismissed in a case involving the state's public records law.

Hung Jury In Case Of Ex-Little Rock Officer

Jun 24, 2013

A Pulaski County jury was unable to reach a verdict after 12 hours of deliberations in the manslaughter trial of a former Little Rock police officer.

The trial of former officer Josh Hastings ended Sunday afternoon with no verdict after jurors informed Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen they could not come to a unanimous decision.

Griffen had earlier encouraged the jury to reach a decision - saying the case would have to be decided by a jury eventually.

Jurors are learning about what led up to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old burglary suspect by a Little Rock police officer who is defending himself against a manslaughter charge. 

The trial of Josh Hastings is to resume Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. He is accused in the death last summer of Bobby Moore III.

Prosecutors on Wednesday put on the stand two juvenile boys who were with Moore when he was shot.

The boys' accounts conflict with what Hastings told investigators. Hastings said he fired because he felt the driver was trying to run over him.

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