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story.lead_photo.caption LEFT: Kenneth Lavell Nelson, 25, of Little Rock; RIGHT: Little Rock police investigate Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, after an officer-involved shooting at Red Lobster, 8407 W. Markham St.

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.


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  • Kharma
    March 22, 2016 at 12:17 p.m.

    Since those on the left profess their hate of prisons and the "mass" incarcerations of ne'er-do-wells so very much, if he is in fact convicted of what he has been accused, then we should let him go in peace with only the fervent request that henceforth he, only if he is able, refrain from likewise behavior.

    Hands up don't shoot.

    March 22, 2016 at 12:37 p.m.


  • LR1955
    March 22, 2016 at 2:19 p.m.

    On the other hand, since he is going to trial on a weapons charge resulting in injury, if he is found guilty, take him out back and shoot him dead.

  • Nodmcm
    March 22, 2016 at 3:06 p.m.

    Since he likes to shoot armed folks (like the police officer he shot), why not 'draft' him into a secret combat unit to drop behind ISIS lines in Syria or Iraq, and let him get off shooting armed ISIS fighters and commanders. Kill two birds with one stone. I bet a lot of the guys in prison would rather be fighting to the death behind enemy lines as raiders, rather than rotting away in stir. We have airplanes and parachutes, plenty of them. Is this easy or what?

  • NutButter
    March 22, 2016 at 5:36 p.m.

    Another trio that will raise the disproportionate numbers of their kind in prison.
    Don't do the crime and whine about the time.

  • HarleyOwner
    March 23, 2016 at 11:28 a.m.

    If his lawyer can get him before Judge Wendell Griffen, there's a good chance he will only get probation.