Pre-Trial Hearing Set for Trooper Charged in Fatal Shooting

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - State trooper Larry Norman is due in court today at Bentonville for a pre-trial hearing in the case accusing him of negligent homicide in the shooting death of Joseph Erin Hamley. Hamley, who had cerebral palsy, died on March 7 of last year after he was mistaken for a fugitive being sought in northwest Arkansas.

Norman has been on medical leave since the shooting.

A Benton County grand jury indicted Norman on the misdemeanor negligent homicide charge. Authorities said Hamley refused officers' commands to keep his hands out of his pockets. Hamley's mother said her son had a habit of putting his hands in his pockets when he was nervous.

The prison escapee whom police were hunting, Adam Leadford, was later captured the same day.

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