|Updated: 3/27/2012 10:17 am
||Published: 3/27/2012 10:02 am
BENTON, AR - Defense attorneys filed motions for Judge Arnold to step aside from the Traskwood bodies case Tuesday morning, due to his alleged connection to another case involving the suspect.
In the motion, defense attorneys cited Arnold's role as a prosecuting attorney in 1989, in which suspect Marissa Wright was granted immunity in a case that involved her knowledge about a murder.
According to the defense attorneys, 23 years ago, Wright gave true testimony that led to the conviction of Frank Pilcher, now in prison for life. Defense attorneys say Arnold could have helped in that case because he was prosecuting attorney, but Arnold said he doesn't remember the case.
Prosecutors say defense attorneys didn't provide enough proof of prejudice in the reason the judge should step aside, and in Arkansas, it's a natural progression for a prosecuting attorney to become a circuit judge.
Judge Arnold tells FOX16 that he has denied the motion, saying that he doesn't remember the 1989 case, nor any involvement in it. Additionally, Judge Arnold said Wright was not on trial, although she was granted immunity. He says he will be impartial, unbiased, and fair in the case.
FOX16’s Dustin Barnes is on the scene and will have more information on this story as it becomes available.