June 5, 1993 |
A father's grief turned to rage Friday when he rushed at one of three teen-agers accused of killing his son and two playmates. "I'll chase you all the way to hell," Steven Branch yelled. Court officers subdued Branch before he reached the defendant. The teen-agers were arrested Thursday and charged with capital murder, but police Inspector Gary Gitchell would not discuss a motive or reveal what was found during a search of their homes.
February 4, 1993 |
A disgruntled factory employee opened fire Wednesday with several handguns at the plant where he worked, killing one person and wounding seven others before being subdued by a wounded victim, authorities said. Michael Wayne Burns, 37, of El Dorado, was arrested in the shooting at the Prescolite Inc. plant., a sheriff's spokesman said. Burns was listed in critical condition with a head injury at University Hospital in Little Rock.
September 18, 1992 |
The macabre incident that left Purvis Miller's bullet-strewn body lying on the side of Highway 395 just south of Little Rock, Ark., 11 days ago, was not considered that unusual by local authorities. Lt. Calvin Hollowell of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department had to retrieve a crumpled news release on the death from the trash to read it Thursday. "We've had a lot of deaths since then," he said. Miller, 33, a former USC basketball star, died in Sweet Home, Ark.
August 30, 1990 |
A federal judge Wednesday cleared the way for next week's execution of a convicted murderer here, dismissing charges that a sheriff, who has since become a congressman, beat a confession out of the suspect. After hearing conflicting testimony Tuesday, U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Eisele refused to stay next Wednesday's scheduled execution of Barry Lee Fairchild, 36, convicted of the 1983 abduction and shooting death of an Air Force nurse.
July 21, 1987 |
The state Supreme Court on Monday reversed the capital murder conviction of a teen-ager found guilty of stabbing three people to death. Ronald Ward of West Memphis was 15 when he was sentenced to death in September, 1985. At the time, he was believed to be the youngest inmate on Death Row in the United States. The court found that the prosecutor's eight peremptory challenges were used to strike blacks from the jury in violation of the Constitution's equal protection clause.