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Trial over death of Trumann police officer continued

A capital murder trial for a man accused of killing a police officer during a traffic stop in northeast Arkansas has been continued to next year.

TRUMANN, Ark. (AP) — A capital murder trial for a man accused of killing a police officer during a traffic stop in northeast Arkansas has been continued to next year.

Circuit Judge Brent Davis on Friday set Jerry Lard's trial date for Feb. 13, 2012.

Lard is charged with capital murder among other offenses after authorities say he shot and killed Trumann police Officer Jonathan Schmidt in April.

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington hasn't announced whether he'll seek the death penalty in the case.

Lard's lawyers have entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. One of his attorneys, Teri Chambers, declined to comment Friday.

Lard's being held without bond in a Craighead County jail.

 

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