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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Naked State

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 6:30 PM

There are 2.6 million stories in the Naked State and this is one of them.

I think the Morning News' Ron Wood has an ear for criminal court reporting, not to mention Arkansas: Check out this lead (though it's true the defense attorney gets credit for quote of the day):

HUNTSVILLE — The party started with meth, whiskey and peppermint schnapps before lunch. Melvin Gerald Burkes had been shot dead before dinner.

"It doesn't have to be a bad day when you start drinking Crown Royal before 11 a.m., but it usually is," defense attorney Tim Hall said.

Lisa Rivers, 38, is on trial for first-degree murder. Prosecutors say Rivers intentionally shot Burkes in the chest after they argued over a small amount of money. Rivers thought Burkes had taken $30 to $70 from her, Prosecuting Attorney John Threet told the 10 men and two women chosen to hear the case.


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