Trial to resume for man charged in officer’s death

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PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) — Testimony is to resume in Paragould the trial of a Trumann man charged in the shooting death of a Trumann police officer.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for 38-year-old Jerry Lard in the April 2011 shooting death of officer Jonathan Schmidt after a traffic stop made by Schmidt of a car in which Lard was a passenger.

Defense attorneys say Lard suffered a mental disease or defect due to childhood abuse and drug use.

Testimony is to resume Monday in Paragould. The trial was moved to Greene County from Poinsett County at the defense’s request.

Lard also faces charges of attempted capital murder for shooting at another Trumann police officer who was at the scene and with possession of methamphetamine.

 

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