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4 Arkansas killers convicted as teens back in court asking for new sentences

posted: 07/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Four men convicted of capital murder as teenagers returned to Pulaski County Circuit Court this week to begin the resentencing process that could lead to their release from prison.

Suit claiming Arkansas crash reports tardy argued

posted: 07/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County circuit judge asked state lawyers Thursday whether their interpretation of Arkansas' open-records laws would give too much authority to Arkansas State Police to decide when vehicle-crash reports should be made public.

Arkansan who claims to be 'black ops' soldier found fit for trial in North Little Rock slaying

updated: 07/21/2016 11:15 a.m. Discuss

A Beebe man who has claimed to be a "black ops" soldier who has fought and killed all over the world is fit to stand trial on a capital-murder charge, a Pulaski County circuit judge ruled Monday, rejecting defense claims that the 46-year-old defendant is too delusional to be tried.

Detective describes shot that killed Arkansas high school student; teen's bail stays at $200,000

posted: 07/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

A gunshot to the throat killed a Sylvan Hills High School student earlier this year, a detective testified Monday, giving the first public accounting of how 17-year-old Bryan Allen Thompson died.

Arkansas man who cut acquaintance with samurai sword, threw urine gets 8 years

updated: 07/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A 23-year-old Little Rock man, accused last month of trying to impersonate a Little Rock police officer at the the Pulaski County sheriff's office, was sentenced to eight years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to unrelated charges.

4 killers as teens in court to begin life-term reviews

posted: 07/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

A Little Rock man who 21 years ago held a mother of three at gunpoint while his friend killed her children is among the latest convicted murderers who have returned to court in Little Rock with the hope of someday getting out of prison.

Redacting kids' names in crash reports a slog, state tells court

posted: 07/09/2016 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Reviewing Arkansas State Police crash reports to remove children's names adds "substantial additional time" to the process of making the reports publicly available, says the state lawyer responding to a Little Rock lawyer's accusations that the agency is deliberately delaying releasing the records.

Murderers as teens, 3 more in court in Little Rock for resentencing

posted: 07/08/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

At 16, Charles Jackson was sentenced to life in prison for helping murder a Little Rock businessman. On Thursday, the now 42-year-old returned to court to start the process of receiving a new sentence, with the possibility he could one day be released.

3 Little Rock men convicted of murder as teens return to court

posted: 07/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Three Little Rock men convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison as teenagers made their first court appearance Wednesday to begin the resentencing process ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Resentencings due for kids who killed in Arkansas

posted: 07/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 10

Cop-killers, robbers who gunned down victims and murderers who've wiped out their own families -- if they were younger than 18 when they committed their crimes and convicted of capital murder before 2012 -- are all coming back to Arkansas courts for new sentencing.

Man gets year in prison for bodily exposure in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood

posted: 07/02/2016 5:33 a.m. Comments 3

A Benton man who pleaded guilty to exposing himself to young girls for sexual gratification in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood was sentenced to a year in prison Friday.

Wife pleads guilty to murder of state's chief park ranger in 2014

posted: 07/02/2016 2:46 a.m. Discuss

A 57-year-old Roland woman on Friday admitted killing her husband, the chief ranger for the state Parks and Tourism Department, 2 1/2 years ago, telling the judge her greatest regret was losing the affections of their two sons.

Ex-official at Arkansas funeral home cleared of corpse abuse

posted: 06/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A Pulaski County jury Tuesday cleared a funeral director of criminal wrongdoing over the way human remains were handled at a Jacksonville funeral home that was shut down by state regulators who found decomposing bodies on the premises.

Corpse abuse not deliberate at Arkansas funeral home, defense says

posted: 06/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A funeral director accused of criminally mistreating human remains entrusted to his care was caught between obeying laws regulating care of the deceased and satisfying his employer's demands to keep operating costs low, the man's lawyers told a Pulaski County jury on Monday.

Trial set for Little Rock nurse in patient's Rx switch

updated: 06/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock nurse accused of dosing a patient with unprescribed medication instead of the woman's painkillers is scheduled to stand trial in December on charges that could send her to prison for 38 years.

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