Jury acquits man of first-degree murder

Jury acquits man of first-degree murder

HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - It took a jury less than 30 minutes to find a Region 8 man not guilty of murdering a Harrisburg man two years ago.

Joshua Mason Farmer of Widener was charged with first-degree murder in the August 2015 shooting death of 46-year-old Jefferson Scott Crawford.

His trial began Tuesday, Oct. 17, after a jury of 12 and three alternates were seated.

On Thursday, the defense and state rested their cases and the court recessed for lunch at 11:27 a.m., according to online court documents.

The jury reconvened at 12:45 p.m. to hear closing arguments then retired to deliberate on a verdict at 2 p.m.

Online records showed the jury returned with a verdict of not guilty of first-degree murder at 2:25 p.m.

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