HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - A man convicted in the murder of a Trumann police officer made a brief appearance in a Harrisburg courtroom Tuesday for a Rule 37.5 hearing, which is a special hearing for individuals sentenced to death in Arkansas.
According to the 2nd Judicial District Prosecutor's Office, Poinsett County Circuit Judge Brent Davis appointed Jerry Lard, 40, of Trumann a new lawyer in the appeal process. Lard will now be represented by Patrick Benca of Little Rock.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied Lard's appeal Oct. 6, 2014. The Rule 37.5 hearing "directs the judge in death penalty cases to hold such a hearing within a specific period of time."
The prosecutor's office also said Sheriff Larry Mills drove to Pine Bluff at 2 a.m. Tuesday ahead of the 9:30 a.m. hearing.
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