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2 Arkansas death-row inmates appeal to halt April injections

posted: 03/30/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Attorneys for two death-row inmates filed two petitions Wednesday seeking to halt their executions next month while Arkansas' attorney general argued in a separate case that prison officials should not be forced to disclose information about the drugs used in lethal injections.

Jurors clear Little Rock man in stabbing death of friend

posted: 03/30/2017 3:19 a.m. Discuss

A 54-year-old Little Rock man who accidentally stabbed a close friend has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing by a Pulaski County jury.

Suit over Arkansas execution drug gets dismissal

posted: 03/29/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision to lift a ban on the death penalty stole the rights of the nine convicted killers who filed suit to challenge the state's execution procedures, and it forces all state courts to continue that theft, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen said in a ruling Tuesday.

Man gets 35 years in deadly robbery at Little Rock restaurant

posted: 03/28/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

A 21-year-old North Little Rock man was sentenced to 35 years in prison Monday for participating in a June restaurant robbery in which a 77-year-old man was killed.

Lawyer: State illegally kept him from client

posted: 03/25/2017 2:47 a.m. Comments 3

Little Rock attorney Patrick Benca, who says he was blocked by state prison officials from seeing a client for more than a week, was allowed access to the man on Friday, but only after suing the Department of Correction to force the disclosure of the inmate's whereabouts.

Can't show lethal-drug labels, state says in case

posted: 03/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The state says it cannot comply with some public disclosure requirements of the Arkansas Method of Execution Act because news reporters figured out where prison officials got some lethal-injection drugs using the limited materials the law allowed officials to release, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Getaway driver in Little Rock bank robbery gets 21 years; manager shot in heist

posted: 03/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

The teenager who bought the shotgun her clown-masked boyfriend used to shoot a man during a Little Rock bank robbery was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Monday.

Arkansas man, 23, gets 5 years in bid to bribe robbery victim from cooperating with prosecutors

posted: 03/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A 23-year-old Jacksonville man on Monday accepted a five-year prison sentence for trying to bribe a robbery victim to stop cooperating with prosecutors.

Jury out 38 minutes, acquits Little Rock man of assaulting girl, 4

posted: 03/19/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

A 50-year-old Pine Bluff man accused of molesting a neighbor's 4-year-old daughter who had developed an "almost obsessive" fixation on him was acquitted at trial of sexual assault charges on Wednesday.

High bail set for Little Rock teen accused of killing mother in front of 2-year-old girl

posted: 03/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A Little Rock teenager accused of killing a mother in front of her 2-year-old daughter during a robbery must post $250,000 in cash to be released from jail to await trial, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Thursday.

Little Rock man who hit wife gets 1 month in jail

posted: 03/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A 51-year-old Little Rock man accused of beating his estranged wife and holding her against her will has been fined $7,500, sentenced to five years of probation and ordered jailed for a month for hitting her so hard she suffered a ruptured eardrum.

Jury out 38 minutes, acquits Arkansas man of assaulting girl, 4

posted: 03/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A 50-year-old Pine Bluff man accused of molesting a neighbor's 4-year-old daughter who had developed an "almost obsessive" fixation on him was acquitted at trial of sexual-assault charges on Wednesday.

Little Rock woman acquitted in gunfire, sentenced to probation in attempt to run over fast-food worker

posted: 03/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 10

A 29-year-old Little Rock woman squealed with delight, jumped up and down and hugged her attorneys, Lou Marczuk and Harrison Tome, after learning Wednesday that she was about to be released from jail after 6½ months.

Smokers who sought share of $45M settlement fund can expect checks soon, Little Rock attorney says

posted: 03/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

More than 20,000 Marlboro Lights smokers who applied for a share of a $45 million settlement fund can start looking for their checks soon, the Little Rock lawyer who spearheaded a 14-year-old lawsuit against the cigarettes' manufacturer said Wednesday.

Girl, 16, to be tried as adult in string of armed robberies in Little Rock

posted: 03/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 11

A 16-year-old girl accused of four armed robberies in Little Rock, two of them at the same doughnut shop in two weeks, will be prosecuted as an adult, a Pulaski County circuit judge ruled Monday.






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