Prosecutors seek death in police officer death trial

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a man they say killed an Arkansas police officer during a traffic stop earlier this year.

    A court document filed Wednesday in Poinsett County Circuit Court shows that the state is pursuing the death penalty in the capital murder trial of Jerry Lard.

    Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington declined comment after a judge issued a temporary gag order Wednesday. Defense attorney Teri Chambers also declined to comment after the judge granted her request for the gag order to limit pretrial publicity.

    Lard is charged with capital murder in the April shooting death of Trumann Police Officer Jonathan Schmidt. He's also charged with attempted capital murder and weapons and drug charges.

    He's pleaded not guilty and his trial is to start in February.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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