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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.

Arkansas man gets 10 years in shooting of pregnant woman, firebombing of car

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

A 36-year-old North Little Rock man who pleaded guilty to shooting a pregnant woman and firebombing the car of another woman was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison after testifying that he had done nothing wrong.

Outburst after child's fatal shooting in Little Rock OK'd for trial

posted: 06/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

Prosecutors can tell jurors that a 38-year-old Little Rock woman admitted owning the gun her 6-year-old nephew used to fatally shoot himself in her car, a Pulaski County circuit judge has ruled.

Sherwood man gets 4-year term in best friend's slaying

posted: 06/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A 26-year-old Sherwood man who accidentally killed his best friend in a February 2015 shootout at a Little Rock hotel was sentenced to four years in prison Monday.

Trial in Arkansas firefighter's killing set Nov. 28

posted: 06/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The trial of a North Little Rock man accused of killing a volunteer firefighter who was going to his rescue has been scheduled for late November.

Little Rock man to face 3 sexual-abuse accusers at once

posted: 06/16/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A 29-year-old Little Rock man accused of molesting three teenage boys whom prosecutors say he had befriended with their families' permission must face all three of his accusers at his sexual-assault trial next month, a Pulaski County circuit judge has ruled.

Judge allows evidence in trial over stacked bodies at Jacksonville funeral home

updated: 06/15/2016 12:49 p.m. Discuss

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza on Tuesday rejected a former funeral home manager's challenges to the legality of the state's corpse-abuse law and cleared the way for prosecutors to use evidence obtained from the inspection of the Jacksonville mortuary where rotting human remains were found last year.

Kidnapping, attempted murder case dismissed after Arkansan says she can't remember details

updated: 06/15/2016 11:32 a.m. Discuss

Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped charges of kidnapping and attempted capital murder against a Sherwood man whose attorney said his accuser was too traumatized from drug abuse and maltreatment to clearly remember that the man actually had tried to rescue her.

Judge bars testimony from two in Little Rock restaurateur's murder trial

posted: 06/14/2016 5:40 a.m. Discuss

A judge on Monday barred prosecutors from using the testimony of two federal inmates -- men the defense called "jailhouse snitches" -- at the capital-murder trial of a North Little Rock restaurateur accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn child.

Conway doctor appeals suspension of license over sexual-assault case

posted: 06/14/2016 5:34 a.m. Discuss

The Conway doctor whose medical license was suspended last week after his arrest on rape and sexual-assault charges is asking a Pulaski County circuit judge to reinstate him, deriding the police investigation as inadequate with no evidence to support his accusers' claims.

Suit claims crash-report dillydallying

updated: 06/11/2016 3:56 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas State Police illegally is slowing down the release of crash reports that the state Supreme Court ruled six weeks ago must be issued uncensored, a law firm claims in a new lawsuit.

Little Rock attorney loses law license, gets 5 years probation in meth case

posted: 06/08/2016 5:47 a.m. Discuss

Jimmy Clouette, a longtime Little Rock attorney, has accepted a sentence of five years of probation for methamphetamine possession and will have to surrender his law license.

State agrees to pay nurse's legal team in firing suit

posted: 06/08/2016 5:37 a.m. Discuss

State lawyers have agreed to pay $256,875 in legal fees to a Benton County attorney whose client, a nurse, prevailed in a wrongful termination lawsuit over her dismissal from the State Hospital.

Doctor says Little Rock man can stand trial in father's 2000 stabbing death

updated: 06/08/2016 11:56 a.m. Discuss

More than four years ago, state doctors predicted Harold Isiah Charles II might never be sane enough to stand trial in his father's fatal stabbing, but now a doctor says he is competent to be tried and was in his right mind at the time of the slaying in 2000.




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