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State Police Decline Investigation into 107-Year-Old's Shooting Death

Special prosecutor will be assigned to case after Jefferson Co. prosecutor recuses himself.
PINE BLUFF, AR -- The Jefferson County Prosecutor has recused himself from the case after Arkansas State Police (ASP) declined to investigate the death of 107-year-old Monroe Isadore, who was killed in a shoot-out with SWAT team members from the Pine Bluff Police Department (PBPD) last Saturday.

In a letter sent Wednesday to Jefferson County Prosecutor S. Kyle Hunter, ASP says they must decline his request because it was not submitted in a timely manner, and that since so much time has passed, any attempts to investigate would amount to "a style of investigation far outside accepted and sound law enforcement practices."

ASP also says Hunter asked them to investigate the entire incident, from the initial 911 call to the eventual shooting death of Isadore, but state law limits their investigations solely to the use of deadly force, and investigation into any other element of the incident does not fall under that umbrella.

On Thursday, Hunter filed a motion to recuse himself from the case, saying his job depends on maintaining a close-working relationship with PBPD, and that any decision made in this case could negatively affect that relationship.

Circuit Judge Berlin C. Jones granted Hunter's request and directed Prosecution Coordinator Bob McMahan to select a special prosecutor for the case.

To read the documents, click the link above.
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