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    Trial to start for man in Ark. officer's death

    4:01 PM, Jul 15, 2012   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The trial of a man charged with fatally shooting an Arkansas police officer last year is expected to begin this week.

    Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for 38-year-old Jerry Lard, who they say killed Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt in April 2011 following a traffic stop.

    Jury selection is to begin Monday in Paragould where the trial was moved at the request of defense attorneys who have written in court filings that they plan to argue Lard suffers a mental disease or defect.

    Both Lard's attorneys and prosecutors declined to comment ahead of the trial because of a gag order issued by the judge in the case.

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