More testimony in Jerry Lard's murder trial of Jonathan Schmidt

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    • Ofc. Jonathan Schmidt, Courtesy KAIT
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    PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - A jury is expected to hear more testimony in the capital murder trial of a man charged with killing an Arkansas police officer.

    The Jonesboro Sun reports that jurors are expected to listen to more witnesses Thursday in the trial of 38-year-old Jerry Lard.

    Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Lard, who they say killed Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt during a traffic stop last year.

    Lard's lawyers don't dispute that he killed Schmidt, but they say he suffers from a mental disease or defect. Doctors testified this week that they saw evidence of brain damage when they examined Lard after the shooting. They said someone with brain damage isn't able to make deliberate decisions.

    Prosecutors say Lard knew what he was doing when he shot Schmidt.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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