Suspect in Hot Springs police officer murder gets two life sentences

Ward was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault against an officer, possession of...
Ward was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault against an officer, possession of a defaced firearm, obstruction of government operations, and fleeing.(Source: KARK-TV)
Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 9:14 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2022 at 7:12 PM CDT
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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KARK/KAIT) – A jury sentenced Kayvon Ward to two life sentences in the shooting death of a Hot Springs police officer.

On Friday, July 29, Ward, 22, was given the sentence after being found guilty of killing Brent Scrimshire, content partner KARK reported.

Ward was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault against an officer, possession of a defaced firearm, obstruction of government operations, and fleeing.

In March 2020, Scrimshire stopped Ward for running a stop sign, and a struggle ensued between Ward, Scrimshire, and another officer who arrived on the scene.

According to KARK, as Ward tried to run away, Scrimshire was shot and died shortly after.

During his testimony, Ward admitted to firing the gun, adding he just wanted the officer chasing him to get down as he ran.

His defense also maintained Ward suffered from schizophrenia and couldn’t have committed the murder. The diagnosis was made after the 2020 shooting.

Another suspect, Coraima Hernandez, 20, was charged in connection with the murder. She was charged with capital murder and is awaiting trial.

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