Latest Arkansas Supreme Court News

This undated photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Corrections shows Jerry Lard. The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that Lard, a death row inmate convicted of killing a police officer during a traffic stop is mentally competent to drop his appeal. Justices on Thursday, March 12, 2020, rejected the appeal of Lard, who was convicted of the fatal shooting of Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt. (Arkansas Department of Corrections AP)

Arkansas court says death row inmate can drop appeal

Mar. 12, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a death row inmate convicted of killing a police officer during a traffic stop is mentally competent to drop his appeal. Justices in a 6-1 ruling rejected the appeal of Jerry Lard, who was convicted in the fatal shooting of Trumann...

FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, Mauricio Torres is escorted out of the Benton County Courthouse Annex, in Bentonville Ark. Torres, accused of killing his 6-year-old son by assaulting the child with a stick,  has been found guilty of capital murder and battery during a retrial. A Benton County jury returned the verdict Wednesday, March 4, 2019, in the 2015 death of Isaiah Torres. (Charlie Kaijo/The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Mistrial declared for Arkansas man convicted of killing son

Mar. 5, 2020 3:41 PM EST

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Thursday for an Arkansas man convicted of killing his 6-year-old son by sexually assaulting the child with a stick after the man's stepson charged at his stepfather during the sentencing hearing. Circuit Judge Brad Karren granted the request for a...

In this Feb. 9, 2020 photo, Arkansas Supreme Court candidate Barbara Womack Webb addresses the audience at the Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Ark. Womack Webb is running against Morgan Welch in the in the March 3, 2020 election for the court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Jo Hart. Whoever wins will be elected to an eight-year term on the court. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / Stephen Swofford via AP)/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Arkansas candidate's political ties targeted in court race

Feb. 22, 2020 10:11 AM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The race for a seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court is technically nonpartisan, but the close ties of one of the two main candidates to the state Republican Party — she's married to its leader — highlight just how partisan such campaigns have become, with outside...