The eldest of a trio accused of robbing a Little Rock Red Lobster in January and shooting an off-duty police officer reiterated his plea of innocence and requested a jury trial Tuesday.
Kenneth Lavell Nelson, 25, appeared with his attorney, Ron Davis, and had a trial set for Aug. 17 on charges of criminal attempt and aggravated robbery, court records indicate.
Nelson, along with his cousins Troy James Williams, 20, and Joshua Lamont Williams, 17, had been additionally charged with first-degree battery on a police officer and six counts of aggravated assault upon their initial arrests, Arkansas Online previously reported.
While they were listed as co-defendants, the Williams brothers did not appear in court with Nelson on Tuesday morning.
Shawn Bakr, a 39-year-old off-duty officer working security at the Red Lobster, was wounded in the shoulder as he exchanged fire with three suspects during the Jan. 9 robbery, police said at the time.