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Boxer's trial date set in parade case

posted: 03/31/2015 3:01 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County circuit judge has set a Sept. 15 trial date for boxer Jermain Taylor on criminal charges that he threatened a Little Rock family of five with a gun at this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.

Jury says nurse fired by state is a whistleblower

posted: 03/20/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County jury found Thursday that the state Department of Human Services violated the state Whistle-Blower Act by firing a State Hospital nurse who criticized how the hospital handled the food-allergy death of a mentally ill teenager.

Jury sides with hospital in blinding-case lawsuit

posted: 03/19/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County jury on Wednesday cleared Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock of wrongdoing in the lawsuit of a woman who was blinded by brain damage caused by complications from throat surgery.

NLR teen loses bid to move robbery case to juvenile court

posted: 03/18/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County circuit judge has denied a 17-year-old armed robbery suspect's request to be tried in juvenile court, ruling Monday that the justice system for children could do little to reform the defendant, who will turn 18 next month.

Victims' kin protest sentence

posted: 03/17/2015 3:02 a.m. Comment 1

A 22-year-old Maumelle woman who killed a mother and son in an Easter 2013 car crash that also inflicted brain injuries on a 9-year-old boy was sentenced to nine months in jail Monday.

Man sentenced for threats made to trooper's wife

posted: 03/14/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County circuit judge fined a Little Rock man $3,500 Friday and sentenced him to six years on probation for threatening the life of a woman married to a police officer with whom he'd been feuding.

Killer's charge dropped in 2nd slaying

posted: 03/12/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

Prosecutors have dropped a murder charge against a convicted killer, saying they need to protect a witness' safety and that they're confident the defendant, Erick Dewayne Harrell, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Realtor-death suspect to act as own lawyer

posted: 03/05/2015 3:25 a.m. Discuss

The Jacksonville man accused with his wife of kidnapping and killing a real estate agent who vanished while showing a home will represent himself at trial despite a judge's warning that he doesn't know enough about court procedure to defend himself on capital-murder and kidnapping charges.

Taylor's transfer to center gets OK

posted: 03/04/2015 3:30 a.m. Comments 2

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Leon Johnson on Tuesday approved Jermain Taylor's transfer from a secured hospital to a locked-down substance-abuse program for treatment.

Murder suspect gets 4th lawyer

posted: 03/04/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Murder suspect Darrell Dennis got his fourth lawyer and a new trial date Tuesday after balking at the opportunity to represent himself in court, a demand he's made numerous times.

Homeless man draws 10-year term in '14 killing

posted: 02/28/2015 2:20 a.m. Discuss

A 31-year-old homeless veteran accepted a 10-year prison sentence Thursday for the stabbing death of a good Samaritan who regularly provided food to homeless people in the community.

Realtor-killing records detail path to suspects

posted: 02/27/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Two days before Beverly Carter's body was discovered, the real estate agent's cellphone was found in the Jacksonville home of the husband and wife accused of killing her, court records show.

LR slaying suspect to get 4th attorney

posted: 02/20/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

The Little Rock slaying suspect whose arrest while on parole prompted a 2013 legislative review of the prison system's early-release programs will get a new lawyer -- his fourth -- after he was allowed to drop his third attorney Thursday because he didn't want to be represented by the husband of a police officer.

LR spouse killer ruled innocent by mental illness

posted: 02/12/2015 3:21 a.m. Discuss

A 62-year-old Little Rock woman has been acquitted on mental-health grounds of killing her husband of almost 40 years.

Doctor: Taylor brain faulty

updated: 02/11/2015 4:15 a.m. Comment 1

A psychiatrist delivered an assessment of boxer Jermain Taylor's lifestyle and mental health Tuesday, saying he's likely brain-damaged, which makes it hard for him to control himself when he's using marijuana or alcohol.

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