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Parolee shot by officer in west Little Rock gets 15-year sentence in robbery, theft

posted: 04/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A parolee whose July carjacking attempt ended when he was shot by a Little Rock police officer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

6 years after Little Rock woman's death, killer handed 20-year sentence

posted: 04/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Almost six years after Alexis Esaw Khabeer was found beaten to death in her former home, the schizophrenic homeless man whom she'd briefly befriended -- who also admitted to killing her -- has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Little Rock man offered plea deal in fatal shooting of 2-year-old girl

posted: 04/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Deshaun Malik Rushing, accused of killing a 2-year-old girl in a shooting, has a week to take a plea deal to resolve the capital-murder and terroristic-act charges against him rather than face the possibility of a life sentence at trial.

Arkansas judge rejects law to let dog comfort witnesses

posted: 04/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 15

An Arkansas law that allows child victims of sex crimes to testify with a dog sitting next to them for comfort is unconstitutional because it usurps the ability of the state's judges to run their courts, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled on Monday.

Arkansas teen acquitted of murder, robbery charges in deadly Little Rock apartment shooting

posted: 04/13/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

A Pulaski County jury deliberated about 90 minutes Thursday to clear a 19-year-old Pine Bluff man accused in a February 2017 shooting that killed a man and wounded three others.

Botched robbery led to slaying of Little Rock teen, man says

posted: 04/12/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Alexander Powell "Alec" Reed was murdered when three robbers' plans to rob the 19-year-old Little Rock man of an ounce of marijuana, worth about $250, went wrong, the prosecution's only witness to the February 2017 slaying told a Pulaski County jury Wednesday.

Little Rock man acquitted in 2017 shooting; accuser acknowledges she didn’t give police complete story

posted: 04/12/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A 25-year-old Little Rock man accused of shooting at his stepson's grandmother last May was acquitted by a Pulaski County jury on Tuesday after the woman acknowledged she wasn't completely truthful with police.

Trial begins for Arkansas teen accused in Little Rock killing

posted: 04/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Terrance Reynolds was far away when a Little Rock man was shot to death during a gunbattle that wounded three other people last year, the 19-year-old defendant's lawyer told a Pulaski County jury on Tuesday.

48-year term set for Little Rock hotel arsonist

updated: 04/06/2018 1:30 p.m. Comment 1

A man who concluded his arson trial Wednesday with an angry and profane rant was sentenced to 48 years in prison for setting his Little Rock hotel room on fire more than two years ago.

Judge cites scant evidence against Little Rock man, tosses child-rape case

posted: 04/06/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Accused of raping his then-5-year-old cousin, a 37-year-old Little Rock man who called himself the little girl's "protector" was acquitted Wednesday by a Pulaski County circuit judge who threw out the case against him.

5 central Arkansas police officers suing to ax director

posted: 04/05/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Describing "chaos" in the Jacksonville Police Department, five officers sued on Wednesday to remove the mayor's designated Police-Department director, stating that City Attorney Bob Bamburg is holding the job illegally.

Bail reduced, North Little Rock car dealer facing teen-rape charge is released

posted: 04/04/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

A North Little Rock car dealer accused of raping a 13-year-old girl whom police say he had hired for sex was released on $160,000 bond Tuesday night after persuading a circuit judge to reduce his $1 million bail, which prosecutors acknowledged was unusually high.

Bail reduced for Arkansas man suspected in crimes in three states, including death of girlfriend

posted: 04/03/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A Pulaski County circuit judge has set bail at $100,000, down from $500,000, for a 25-year-old Jacksonville man facing federal kidnapping charges in Minnesota and suspected in the death of his girlfriend, whose burning body was found in New Orleans.

Bail set at $1M for North Little Rock suspect in rapes, attacks

posted: 03/30/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Leon Johnson on Thursday set bail at $1 million for a 22-year-old North Little Rock man facing 23 felony charges over accusations he is responsible for six attacks on women. The charges include four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.

Former Arkansas State Hospital worker to file as sex offender; no contest pleaded in patient assault

posted: 03/29/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A former State Hospital worker authorities say was caught having sex with a brain-damaged patient will have to register as a sex offender after pleading no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor sex charge, reduced from felony sexual assault.






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