Ark. Cop Killer Faces Death Penalty
July 26, 2012
An Arkansas man was convicted of capital murder Thursday for killing a police officer who begged him not to shoot.
After deliberating for less than an hour, a jury found Jerry Lard, 38, guilty of killing Trumann Police officer Jonathan Schmidt during a traffic stop in April 2011.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Lard's lawyers didn't dispute that their client shot Schmidt, but they argued he suffers from a mental disease or defect.
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Steven Arte @ 7/27/2012 3:14 AM
I don't care what excuse the lawyers are trying to use. If someone is capable of pulling a trigger then they are capable of frying in old sparky. There should be no question of using the death penalty anytime an officer goes down. I hope the state executes this creep real soon.
Bob @ 7/27/2012 5:47 AM
Statistics show that old sparky cures all mental defects, no exceptions. Death penalty should be automatic in a case like this.
John @ 10/9/2012 12:38 PM
so what about cops who murder? Like the cops in New Orleans who only got jail time instead of the death penalty. Cops shouldn't be given a special status over everyone else for a society to trust law enforcement they have to feel that cops are held accountable for their actions also
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