Arkansas Crime

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11:11 am
Thu January 16, 2014

New Trial Ordered For Arkansas Death Row Inmate

Booking photo of Rickey Dale Newman.
Credit Ark. Dept. of Correction

Arkansas' highest court has ordered a new trial for a death row inmate who confessed to the murder and mutilation of a woman at a transient camp in 2001.

Justices on Thursday reversed Rickey Dale Newman's 2002 capital murder conviction in the slaying of 46-year-old Marie Cholette near Van Buren in Crawford County.

Newman's attorney argued that Newman was mentally unfit to understand court proceedings or help with his defense, and the court agreed.

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1:58 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Arkansas High Court Told Death Row Inmate Incompetent

Rickey Dale Newman mug shot.
Credit Ark. Dept. of Correction

A lawyer for a condemned inmate convicted of a Crawford County killing told the Arkansas Supreme Court that Rickey Dale Newman was "functionally incompetent" to understand his capital murder charge and participate his defense.

Attorney Julie Brain told the court Thursday that Newman has an IQ of 67 and that he couldn't meet the standard of "rationally" assisting in his defense. She says the trial judge was wrong to have ruled him competent.

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12:59 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Police Arrest Men Who Stole Truck, Shot At Police

Authorities have arrested two men accused of a string of crimes including firing at north Mississippi police officers.

Arkansas State Troopers and a U.S. Marshal arrested 26-year-old Cody Eggmeyer and 33-year-old Michael Manis outside a motel in Brinkley, Ark., Saturday afternoon.

It's not clear if either of the men has a lawyer.

Arkansas officials added a new crime to the accusation list, saying the men committed an armed robbery in Helena-West Helena, Ark., on Thursday.

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8:44 am
Mon December 16, 2013

6 Tony Alamo Properties Scheduled For Auction

Six properties in Fort Smith owned by convicted evangelist Tony Alamo have been scheduled for auction next month.

The Texarkana Gazettes reports that the properties include the Alamo Ministries church building, a gym, warehouse, restaurant, restaurant parking lot and a house.

The sale is intended to raise funds to pay $15 million that Alamo was ordered to pay to each of two men after a jury found that he ordered the men beaten, starved and abused when they were children in his ministry.

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8:38 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Arkansas Banker, Businessman Denies Wrongdoing

The president and CEO of HomeBank of Arkansas who also owns Mountain Pure Water denies allegations in a federal indictment that he fraudulently received a federal loan following a May 2008 tornado.

John Stacks of Damascus said in a statement to the Log Cabin Democrat that the Dec. 4 indictment charging him with wire fraud, money laundering, submitting a false claim and making a false statement is without merit.

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2:02 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Two More Face Charges In Slaying Of Arkansas Interpreter

Two relatives of a man accused in the death of a Spanish language interpreter in southwestern Arkansas are charged with hindering apprehension.

Prosecutors charged 24-year-old Miguel Angel Martinez in the November slaying of 54-year-old Jamie "Jimmy" Barrios in De Queen.

Prosecutor Carlton Jones told the Texarkana Gazette that Martinez's mother and sister allegedly provided false information to investigators when Martinez was sought for questioning.

Charged are 46-year-old Celia Beavers and 28-year-old Janett Garribo.

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5:36 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Owner of Arkansas Water Bottling Company Indicted

John Stacks, owner of Pure Mountain Water LLC.
Credit Arkansas Business

A Federal Grand Jury has indicted the owner of a Little Rock-based bottled water company on eleven counts, including wire fraud, money laundering and making a false statement. U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Christopher Thyer made the announcement.

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2:10 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Pulaski County Jail Overcrowded, May Have To Keep Only Most Dangerous

The Pulaski County Detention Center
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

The Pulaski County jail has become critically overcrowded, Sheriff Doc Holladay said Monday, which could result in it only being able to house the most dangerous offenders.

It comes as Arkansas has made changes to the parole system, stiffening rules for when people must be detained for violating parole.  That has greatly increased the number of violators being detained at county jails, waiting for space to become available in state prisons.

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8:24 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Arkansas Board Of Corrections To Meet In Little Rock

Members of the Arkansas Board of Corrections are scheduled to discuss the board's policy on parolees following the release of a report that outlines problems within the state's parole system.

The board will meet Wednesday in Little Rock.

The meeting comes after Gov. Mike Beebe this month released the findings of an investigation about the Department of Community Correction. The Arkansas State Police report found systemic problems with the parole system but no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by officials after a man who was on parole was charged with murder.

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4:50 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Task Force Created To Combat Human Trafficking in Arkansas

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, alongside Arkansas legislators, announcing the creation Wednesday of a task force to investigate human trafficking.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Wednesday the establishment of a task force to combat forced labor and sex trafficking in the state.

Its creation was part of the Human Trafficking Act, which was passed this year by the Arkansas Legislature.

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