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Court OKs test in Carter slaying

posted: 12/20/2014 3:24 a.m. Discuss

The mental evaluation for the Jacksonville man accused of killing a real estate agent is back on after the presiding judge reversed his earlier ruling that canceled the examination, reporting that both the prosecution and defense want Arron Michael Lewis' mental health to be reviewed by state doctors.

Deal gives man 40 years for murder

posted: 12/20/2014 3:18 a.m. Discuss

A 30-year-old Jacksonville man has accepted a 40-year prison sentence for killing a 69-year-old man found naked and shot to death by the side of the road in North Little Rock.

Case moves to juvenile court

posted: 12/20/2014 3:15 a.m. Discuss

One of four teenagers arrested in connection to carjackings in which women were tricked into giving their assailants a ride saw the charges against her transferred to juvenile court after an appeal from her former math teacher.

For Medicaid fraud, woman to go to jail, pay $370,426

posted: 12/19/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

A 62-year-old Little Rock woman on Thursday dropped her legal challenges to criminal charges of Medicaid fraud and failure to keep records, and promised to pay $370,426 in fines and restitution in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced.

Man gets 15-year term for fatal crash in 2012

posted: 12/18/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A Sherwood man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison after a four-day trial for drunkenly causing a chain-reaction vehicle crash in Little Rock that killed a 60-year-old grandmother two years ago.

Closings set in trial over '12 fatal crash

posted: 12/17/2014 3:24 a.m. Discuss

Crash-reconstruction experts offered opposing opinions as to what caused a collision that killed a 60-year-old grandmother as testimony ended Tuesday in the trial of the man accused in the crash.

Charges dropped in '13 slaying

posted: 12/16/2014 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Prosecutors on Monday dropped capital murder and aggravated robbery charges against a North Little Rock teenager after witnesses changed their stories and DNA evidence was inconclusive.

Teen defendant in fatal hit-and-run held without bail

posted: 12/16/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock man accused of killing a newlywed while fleeing from police was denied bail Monday after a circuit judge heard testimony that a Pulaski County sheriff's deputy conclusively identified the 19-year-old defendant as the driver of the car.

Judge: Company's lawsuit over state contract allowed

posted: 12/13/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

The state Highway and Transportation Department cannot invoke sovereign immunity to shield itself from a lawsuit by a North Little Rock janitorial company seeking to invalidate a $380,000 contract awarded to one of its competitors, a judge has ruled.

Suspect in slaying seeks new attorney

posted: 12/12/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

The attorney for the man charged in the slaying of a local real-estate agent has withdrawn his request that his client undergo a mental examination, but the defendant states that he wants a new lawyer.

Suspect is deemed unfit for rape trial

posted: 12/12/2014 3:10 a.m. Discuss

A mentally ill State Hospital patient charged with rape was deemed unfit for trial Thursday because of brain damage.

Arrest ordered after murder trial no-show

posted: 12/12/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County circuit judge on Wednesday issued a no-bail arrest warrant for a Little Rock man accused of killing his 78-year-old grandfather in a shooting that also wounded his mother, after the defendant failed to show up for his murder trial.

Driver claim 'impossible,' officer says of fatal crash

posted: 12/11/2014 3:37 a.m. Discuss

The driver accused of drunkenly causing an October 2012 car crash that killed a 60-year-old Little Rock grandmother told authorities that he never left his traffic lane, an account the police investigator called "impossible," a Pulaski County jury heard Wednesday.

Faulty part, not drunkenness, caused fatal LR crash, defense argues

posted: 12/10/2014 3:34 a.m. Comment 1

A defective steering component is to blame for a 2012 car crash that killed a Little Rock grandmother, attorneys for a Sherwood man accused of drunkenly causing the fatal collision told a Pulaski County jury on Tuesday.

Suspect to get mental test

updated: 12/04/2014 4:15 a.m. Discuss

Over his client's objections, Arron Michael Lewis' lawyer announced his intentions Wednesday to explore an insanity defense to capital murder and kidnapping charges in the death of a real estate agent who disappeared after going out to show a home.

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