FEBRUARY 27, 2007 - Posted at 7:42 a.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The family of an unarmed man killed last year by a state trooper who mistook him for a fugitive would get a million dollars from the state under a proposal tentatively agreed upon by Arkansas State Police.
Yesterday, Governor Beebe asked a legislative panel to draft legislation appropriating money from the state's surplus to pay for a settlement agreement between police and the estate of Joseph Erin Hamley. Hamley, who had cerebral palsy, was shot dead March 7 while officers searched for a Michigan prison escapee who was reported to be in the area.
The escapee, 18-year-old Adam Lee Leadford, had eluded police for two days before being captured after a chase later on the day Hamley was killed.
Trooper Larry Norman of West Fork was charged with negligent homicide in Hamley's death, and a trial is scheduled for March 26. Norman has been on medical retirement and has pleaded not guilty in Benton County Circuit Court.