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Hearing canceled for suspect in girl’s death

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 26, 2013 at 7:14 a.m.

— A judge has canceled a coming hearing for an Arkansas man accused of killing his 6-year-old neighbor, pending a mental evaluation.

Twenty-eight-year-old Zachary Holly was set to have a hearing Thursday, but a judge on Monday called it off.

Prosecutor Van Stone said another hearing will be scheduled after the court receives a report from the State Hospital. That process could take months.

Holly has pleaded innocent to capital murder, rape, kidnapping and residential burglary in the November death of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman in the Northwest Arkansas city of Bentonville.

The young girl’s death ended a short life marred by abuse. Her father and stepmother are in prison after they chained her to a dresser in 2011.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Holly.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... February 26, 2013 at 8:08 a.m.

Let him go free. He is just crazy. Thats all.

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TheBatt says... February 26, 2013 at 1:03 p.m.

How in the world did our Constitution get so twisted around to turn "cruel and unusual punishment" into "if a criminal was acting outside of whatever is deemed 'normal", then he or she isn't responsible"?

Think about this - regardless of the outcome of said "evaluation", does that make this young victim any less dead? Does it make the crime any less heinous? Does it mean that Zachary Holly is any less "guilty" of the horrible crimes? Of course not, nor does it suddenly make him less of a danger to society.

It is past time to restore some real law and order in this state and nation. If the evidence shows that a suspect did the crime, if they are convicted of the crime, then hang them. Period. You don't "cure" a mental "disorder" that leads someone to commit a horrible and vicious crime.

We have the sense, that when a dog (particularly pit bulls and other dogs with reputations) "snap" and cause harm, especially to a child, the dog is put down. Period.

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NutButter says... February 26, 2013 at 1:25 p.m.

I agree.
He is a threat to society, especially children.

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