Trial Date Set for Region 8 Teenager in Murder Case

JULY 7, 2005 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CDT

SALEM, AR - A December 13 trial date has been set for the Mammoth Spring teenager accused of killing a 14-year-old boy in May.

Stephen James Smith, 17, has been charged with first degree murder for the slaying of Joshua Mullins of Mammoth Spring. Authorities said a .20-guage shotgun was used to shoot Mullins in the face.

Mullins' older brother was also in court Tuesday for burning down Smith's mobile home, motor home and pickup a few days after the shooting.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)