Man in Newport Charged with Murder Plot Against Mayor in Court Today

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - The Newport businessman accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill the mayor and police chief will have his day in court today.

Lawrence Tollerson, owner of Tollerson Funeral Home, will appear in front of a Woodruff County jury today.  He faces two counts of solicitation to commit capital murder stemming from his arrest back in August.

If Tollerson is convicted, he could spend up to 30 years in prison and face a $15,000 fine.