Arkansas Crime

Hot Spring Co. Sheriffs Office

The Hot Spring County Sheriff's Office says authorities have captured a murder suspect who escaped from county jail.

Authorities said Monday that 24-year-old Cornell Huell was back in jail after escaping Sunday night.

Huell was being held on charges of capital murder, burglary and theft in connection to a February killing.

KATV-TV reports that sheriff's office officials believe Huell scaled a 20-foot fence and used a blanket to cover razor wire at the top.

It's unclear how he was apprehended on Monday.

Police in Little Rock say a man who crashed his vehicle while being pursued by officers ran into a daycare center and was later arrested.

No injuries are reported.

Lt. Sidney Allen says the incident began shortly after 11 a.m. Friday when the man crashed the vehicle and ran in to Full Potential Daycare near Interstate 30 in south Little Rock. Allen says the man ran into an unoccupied portion of the daycare that is separated from the daycare area because of construction and that the man had no contact with children or staff.

The attorney for two Arkansas prison inmates who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles told the state Supreme Court that both should be resentenced based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Jeff Rosenzweig argued Thursday to the state court meeting in Mountain Home that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling should be applied retroactively and Aaron Hodge and James Grubbs should each receive new sentencing hearings.

Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula and Pvt. William Long recruiters shot
KARK-TV 4/ ArkansasMatters.com

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Rep. French Hill say the U.S. Army will award the Purple Heart to two soldiers who were shot outside an Army recruiting station in Little Rock.

Private William Long of Conway was killed and Private Quinton Ezeagwula of Jacksonville was wounded when they were shot in June 2009.

The 2014 Defense Authorization Bill authorizes the Purple Heart to military members killed or wounded in an attack that specifically targets them because they are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or is carried out by a foreign terrorist organization.

A former central Arkansas circuit court judge has voluntarily surrendered his license to avoid a disciplinary hearing.

The Arkansas Supreme Court accepted the surrender Thursday from Michael Maggio, barring him from practicing law in Arkansas. The Faulkner County judge pleaded guilty to bribery earlier this year.

Maggio pleaded guilty in January for accepting campaign donations from a nursing home owner and a lobbyist in exchange for reducing the award from a wrongful death lawsuit. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza will hear the start of a trial today of Darell Dennis, an eight-time parole absconder, accused of murdering an 18-year-old man weeks after he was released on parole in 2013.

The incident led to greater restrictions in the state’s parole system.  University of Arkansas at Fayetteville law professor Laurent Sacharoff spoke with KUAR about reforms that had preceded the murder and were redirected afterwards.

James Clay
Delaware State Police

A Delaware man charged last month in a 1967 Arkansas killing is fighting extradition. 

At a hearing Tuesday in Georgetown, Delaware,67-year-old James Clay's attorney questioned a filing by Arkansas authorities, arguing that it was not notarized.

The judge in the case gave the defense until next week to file papers challenging the state's authority to hold Clay in custody. After that another hearing will be set.

Clay is charged in the 1967 shooting death of James Ricks of North Little Rock.

Garland County authorities say a Hot Springs man wanted for questioning about stolen dynamite and other explosives has been arrested.

The county sheriff's office said Wednesday that 38-year-old Jeremy Allen Bassford was arrested Tuesday afternoon for parole violation and 84 counts of stolen explosives. He is being held without bond. Details of the arrest were not released.

Jeff Rosenzweig
InArkansas.com

Seven death row inmates in Arkansas have filed a lawsuit in Pulaski County Circuit Court to challenge a law Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Monday. It allows the state to perform executions by injection without revealing the drugs it is using.

Attorney for the inmates, Jeff Rosenzweig, says such a provision is unconstitutional since the state made an agreement in 2013 to disclose the injection drug types.

John Glasgow
Arkansas Business

The cause of death of a Little Rock businessman whose skeletal remains were found on Petit Jean Mountain is expected to be released to law enforcement next week.

Cindy Moran at the Arkansas State Crime Lab told KTHV that the state medical examiner is finalizing the report on the death of John Glasgow.

Glasgow disappeared in January 2008. His skull was found March 11 by hikers in the park and other bone fragments and skeletal remains have since been located.

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