Arkansas Crime

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9:18 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Prosecutor Clears Bald Knob Chief In Shooting

A prosecutor has cleared the Bald Knob police chief in a shooting that wounded a woman at a convenience store.

Prosecuting attorney Chris Raff says Chief Tim Sanford was justified in his use of force in the March 24 shooting of 34-year-old Amy Renee Collins of Cave City. Authorities say Sanford was investigating a reported stabbing when he
shot Collins after she allegedly ran toward him with a knife in her hand.

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9:05 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Skull, Other Remains Found Near Little Rock Jail

Police in Little Rock say a human skull and other remains have been found just south of the Pulaski County jail.

A police report on the discovery says officers were called shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday by a man who said his dogs and found the remains. The report says the man gathered bones that he also found and that detectives later found more and those remains were turned over to the county coroner.

Local & Regional News
9:21 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Arkansas AG Hopeful Calls For Return Of Electric Chair

The four candidates running for Arkansas attorney general agree they want to resume executions that have been halted for nearly a decade by court challenges and shortages of the drugs used for lethal injections. One of them says the state should resort to a method that hasn't been used in 24 years: the electric chair.

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7:37 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Hot Springs Attorney Wanted On Manslaughter Charge

Credit Garland Co. Sheriff's Office

A Hot Springs attorney whose relationship with Attorney General Dustin McDaniel led to McDaniel withdrawing from the race for governor is now charged with manslaughter.

Garland County authorities have issued arrest warrants for 36-year-old Andrea Davis and her brother - Matthew Davis - in the shooting death of Maxwell Anderson outside Andrea Davis' home in February 2012.

An attorney for the Davises told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he's made arrangements with the special prosecutor in the case for both Andrea and Matthew Davis to surrender sometime this week.

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3:41 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Martha Shoffner Says Finances 'Exhausted,' Asks For Legal Help

File photo of Martha Shoffner leaving federal court in Little Rock after her conviction earlier this month.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking a federal judge to declare her unable to pay for legal representation and to appoint counsel for her.

Shoffner was convicted this month on 14 bribery and extortion counts. She has another 10 fraud charges pending for allegedly spending campaign cash on personal items.

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12:18 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Martha Shoffner Seeks Acquittal After Conviction On Federal Charges

Martha Shoffner leaving federal court last week after being convicted of bribery and extortion charges.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Lawyers for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner have asked a federal judge to acquit her on bribery and extortion charges, saying prosecutors didn't prove the case against her.

In a court filing Friday, Shoffner's lawyers said no government witness offered proof that interstate commerce was impacted "by robbery or extortion" and that no money changed hands in return for "official acts" by Shoffner.

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7:51 am
Thu March 13, 2014

UCA Ex-Administrator Gets 3-Year Prison Sentence

Credit Faulkner County Sheriff's Office

A former University of Central Arkansas administrator remains free on bond pending an appeal after a jury convicted him of six counts of commercial burglary.

The jury in Van Buren County recommended Wednesday that former UCA chief of staff Jack Gillean serve three years in prison. Earlier in the day, the jury deliberated about an hour and a half before convicting Gillean on the felony counts.

Prosecutors accused Gillean of giving master keys to a student so the student could break into professors' offices to steal tests.

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9:15 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Former Treasurer Convicted Of Bribery, Extortion

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner leaves the federal courthouse Tuesday with attorney Chuck Banks after the jury's guilty verdict was announced.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times


After nearly four hours of deliberation Tuesday, a jury found former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner guilty of federal bribery and extortion charges for accepting $36,000 from a bond trader in return for steering state investment business his way.

The Verdict

Shoffner appeared to be weeping at the defense table as U.S. District Court Judge Leon Holmes read the jury’s verdict. She declined comment when she left the courtroom.

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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.