Region 8 Trooper Posthumously Honored

OCTOBER 24, 2005 - Posted at 7:50 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Arkansas State Trooper Earmon Royce Cox was trying to arrest a drunken man causing disturbances near Osceola on August 17, 1958, when he was shot and killed in the line of duty.  The slain officer was honored Saturday at Jonesboro at a meeting of the State Police troop headquartered here.

Forty-seven years later, Cox's son, Benny Cox, says he remembers the day his father was killed.  The young Cox followed in his father's footsteps, and is a State Police lieutenant in Paragould.  Benny Cox said he thinks about his father's death every day, but doesn't dwell on it.

The man who killed his father was convicted of murder and executed in May 1959, less than a year after the shooting.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)