Court Hearing Produces New Details on Johnson Co. Deputy Killing


RUSSELLVILLE, AR — The man accused of killing a Johnson County volunteer deputy appeared in court for the first time on Monday.
During the hearing, we learned new details about how officers say Sonny Smith died.
An officer who was at the scene said Smith, other officers and two K-9’s were chasing Fred Kauffeld through the woods after he ran from a suspected burglary.
When they got to a fence, the officer said Smith volunteered to jump it first and continue after Kauffeld.  That’s when the officer said he heard Smith yell “show me your hands” and shots rang out.
Smith was hit and died at a local hospital.

Johnson County Sheriff Larry Jones was among the members of law enforcement present for the hearing. He asked the community to continue praying for Smith’s family and the agency.

Kauffeld’s lawyer spoke outside the courtroom. He said his client is not guilty and expects evidence to come out disputing the initial investigative findings. The prosecutor said evidence that’s been turned over to the State Crime Lab disputes Kauffeld’s version of what happened.

During the hearing a judge found probable cause for Kauffeld to continue to be held without bond pending Capital Murder charges.

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