Judge limits video to be shown in Ark. murder case

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PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) – A judge is limiting the amount of video prosecutors can show jurors in the capital murder trial of a man charged in the shooting death of a Trumann police officer.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that the judge overseeing Jerry Lard’s trial on Monday said playing any more video from officers’ dashboard cameras would be “unduly prejudicial.”

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Lard, who’s charged in the April 2011 fatal shooting of Jonathan Schmidt following a traffic stop.

Lard also faces a charge of attempted capital murder for shooting at another officer.

The newspaper says the judge made the announcement following the first day of jury selection.

Jury selection is expected to resume on Tuesday.

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