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Arkansan convicted of killing father with crossbow as teen now accused of trying to grab deputy's gun

By Tracy Neal

This article was published July 11, 2018 at 5:21 p.m.

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BENTONVILLE — A Rogers man who was convicted as a teenager for killing his father with a crossbow was arrested this week after fighting with a sheriff's deputy for his gun, authorities said.

The sheriff's deputy used his stun gun on Justin Trammell, 34, several times, but was only able to restrain Trammell with the assistance of two other people, according to court documents filed this morning.

Trammell, 34, was being held Wednesday afternoon in the Benton County jail in lieu of $250,000 bond, records show. He was arrested Monday on charges of aggravated assault, battery, endangering the welfare of a minor, no child passenger restraint, criminal trespass, driving while intoxicated-drugs, reckless driving, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental operations. Prosecutors have not filed formal charges against Trammell.

Darren Robertson, a Benton County sheriff's deputy, went Monday to a car crash in the Garfield area, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Robertson saw two girls on the ground and a man, later identified as Trammell, talking on a cellphone, the affidavit states. The deputy knelt down to care for the girls when he felt his gun being pulled on, court documents show.

Trammell walked toward Robertson, and the deputy pulled his stun gun and told him to get on the ground, the affidavit states. Authorities said the 34-year-old continued to approach Robertson, who fired the stun gun and hit him in the chest.

Trammell went down and immediately got up, saying, "I'm Jesus Christ, and I have to get rid of the devil," according to the affidavit.

Robertson said he stunned Trammell several times and then took him to the ground, where he continued to try and get Robertson's gun, and Robertson continued to stun him.

Jack Sanders, a paramedic, and Adam Kinney, an Avoca firefighter, arrived and helped Robertson handcuff the man, the affidavit state.

One of the injured girls is Trammell's daughter and the other is his niece, according to court documents.

A crash reconstruction crew determined the pickup was traveling at 60 mph when it struck a wood-burning stove outside a residence, a pickup bed trailer and large tree stump before crashing through a fence.

Deputies obtained a sample of Trammell's blood to submit to the Arkansas Crime Laboratory.

Trammell's 11-year-old-daughter was transported by helicopter to a Springfield, Mo., hospital and treated for a brain bleed and injuries to her rib cage, according to the affidavit. His 10-year-old niece was taken to Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville and treated for abrasions on her legs and arms.

Trammell was taken to Mercy Hospital in Rogers and then to the county jail.

Trammell pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in June 2000 in Benton County Circuit Court for the Sept. 26, 1999, killing of his father, 37-year-old Mike Trammell Sr., with a crossbow. Trammell was 15 years old when the slaying occurred, and he served time in a juvenile facility before being placed on probation.

Trammell's arraignment is scheduled for 8 a.m. Aug. 13.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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obbie says... July 11, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Stun guns and tasers have little effect on folks on drugs.

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