MAY 10, 2004 - Posted at 2:55 p.m. CDT
STUTTGART, AR - Jurors convicted a Stuttgart teenager of manslaughter today in the 2001 killing of an Arkansas State University professor. Kirk Otis was 14 when professor Barney Smith was shot and killed during a robbery. Smith, 49, was sitting on the front porch of his mother's home when prosecutors said Otis walked past and shot him.
The manslaughter conviction carries a prison sentence of between three and ten years. Otis was charged with capital murder and could have faced life in prison. A judge barred prosecutors from seeking the death penalty against Otis but allowed them to try him as an adult.