Murder Conviction of West Memphis Man Upheld in Trooper's Death

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the capital murder conviction of a West Memphis man in the 2005 death of an Arkansas State Police trooper.

Corporal Mark W. Carthron was killed when he was struck by another officer's patrol car in a police chase on Interstate 40.

Justices rejected Wesley Jefferson's argument that there was insufficient evidence to support his capital murder conviction because he did not cause the death of the trooper.

In 2006, Jefferson was convicted of the murder charge along with charges of aggravated robbery, theft by receiving and fleeing charges related to the September 11, 2005, pursuit.  He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors said Jefferson and another man were fleeing police after an armed robber at a Shell service station in Forrest City when Carthron put down a spike strip to stop the stolen car.  The vehicle came to a stop.

Carthron was then struck by a car driven by another trooper when Carthron went to pick up the spike strip.  He later died at a hospital in Memphis.

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