Here locally in our state we seem to be having another “happening” that is slowly gaining some national attention. A local former police chief of a small central Arkansas town, Lonoke, along with his wife and a couple of bail bondsmen seem to be causing quite a stir in legal circles. The former police chief and his cohorts are accused of making meth for the purpose of framing another man along with other various crimes to include breaking into homes and stealing prescription drugs and jewelry. The police chief’s wife on the other hand has been accused of having sex with various jail prisoners. I could not begin to give all the details of this story justice so if you have such interests let me direct you to an excellent news article detailing events of this sorted tale by clicking on the link below.
Arkansas Times: “Out of Control In Lonoke County”
Now, I did not personally direct too much personal interest in this “happening” until this past week when there was a flurry of activity on the matter. I guess not a whole lot surprises me anymore. At any rate, it seems that the defense attorney for one of the bail bondsmen found it necessary to petition the court for a delay of the trial until after Arkansas’ deer hunting season was over. He and his client have great concerns that since the trial is to begin on November 8th and deer season is to open just three days later that any deer hunter which has been tagged (no pun intended) for jury duty will be angry or otherwise highly pissed-off since the trial will interfere with their deer hunting activities. He further thinks that because of that, the affected jurors will harbor “extreme prejudice” against his client for obviously ruining their deer season plans. He further claimed that some 20%, maybe even 30%, of the counties population where the trial is to be held are deer hunters so the chances of this happening are great.
Well for me this immediately translated into one of those “so you think you’ve heard it all” moments. After losing myself in several minutes of laughter I pulled myself together as best I could. One of our local TV stations filmed the defense attorney in his quest for a delay and you have just got to check out his attire. He has on his “dress” deer shirt and his “dress” deer tie. I suppose one could say he apparently gave it his best shot (again, no pun intended). I would really like to just think that it was all a joke but sadly enough that is not the case.
The judge’s ruling on the attorney’s petition noted that he (the judge) had not missed a year in the deer woods since 1967 but that there are times when one’s civic duty must prevail over our personal desires. He denied any delay in the trial even though it might interfere with some prospective juror’s deer hunting activities.
Check out the following link for more information on the judge’s ruling on this latest event:
KTHV 11: Related Article and Video
And now….I must get back to some yard work. And of course there is still that song “Yellow Bird” that I am thinking about as a project for The Electric Key Orchestra.