Arkansas Crime

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12:10 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Defense To Begin Presenting Its Side In Martha Shoffner Trial

File photo of Martha Shoffner leaving the federal courthouse in Little Rock last week.
Credit David Goins / KARK-TV

The prosecution rested Monday in former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner’s corruption trial and her attorney said the defense will mostly likely conclude Tuesday.

Defense attorney Chuck Banks told U.S. District Court Judge Leon Holmes that Shoffner will not testify, but that he planned to call three defense witnesses.

Monday was the fourth day of Shoffner’s extortion and bribery trial. She is accused of 14 counts of extortion and bribery for allegedly accepting cash payments from a broker to whom she allegedly steered state investments.

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9:11 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Trial To Start For Ex-UCA Official In Test Thefts Case

The trial of a former University of Central Arkansas chief of staff charged in the theft of tests is scheduled to start.

The trial for Jack Gillean is to begin with opening statements Monday in Van Buren County Circuit Court in Clinton after being moved there from Faulkner County because of pretrial publicity. A jury of seven men and five women plus two alternates was seated last week.

Gillean has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say Gillean gave a UCA student a master key - knowing that the student would use it to steal tests from the offices of professors.

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12:44 pm
Sat March 8, 2014

Judge Orders Sale Of Convicted Evangelist's Church

A federal judge has again ordered the sale of a convicted evangelist's church in Fort Smith.

The Texarkana Gazette reported Saturday that the order to sell Tony Alamo's church rejects five liens filed against it by Alamo followers. The newspaper reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant ruled that the liens had no enforceable contracts or proof of billing.

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10:22 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Arkansas Man Facing Murder Charge Gets Six Years For Probation Violation

A man charged in the killing of a Hot Springs Village police dispatcher has been sentenced to six years in prison for violating the terms of his probation.

Kevin Duck received the maximum sentence for violating terms of his probation from an unrelated 2009 aggravated assault conviction.

Duck is now charged with first-degree murder for the 2011 death of his girlfriend, police dispatcher Dawna Natzke.

Officials recommended revoking Duck's probation after Duck's arrest last November on the murder charge.

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9:04 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Vigil Set To Honor Little Rock Teen Killed In Shooting

Adrian Broadway
Credit KARK

A vigil is planned at a Little Rock high school to honor a 15-year-old girl fatally shot after a group of teens vandalized a car.

The vigil for Adrian Broadway is set for 4 p.m. Friday at McClellan High School, where she was a freshman.

Police say 48-year-old Willie Noble opened fire on a group of teenagers that he believed vandalized his car. Broadway was struck by gunfire and died at a Little Rock hospital.

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1:25 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

May Trial Set In Forrest City Bicyclist's Death

A judge has scheduled a May trial date for a Forrest City man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a bicyclist.

First Judicial District Judge L.T. Simes issued an order Thursday scheduling a May 5 trial date for Majed Attahrawi.

Prosecutors charged Attahrawi with first-degree murder for the June 30 death of 59-year-old James Holland. Prosecutors alleged he intentionally ran over Holland with his cargo van after Holland allegedly tried to shoplift from Attahrawi's store. Police say Holland died after he was pinned between the cargo van and a telephone pole.

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10:50 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Pine Bluff Officer Shot By Fellow Officer, Expected To Recover

Authorities say a Pine Bluff police officer has been treated and released from a hospital after he was accidentally shot by a fellow officer while conducting surveillance.

Pine Bluff Police Lt. David Price says officers were conducting surveillance Friday morning outside the Tobacco Outlet on Camden Road because of recent burglaries at the business.

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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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