Murder charge dismissed | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Murder charge dismissed

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 5:05 PM

It's been a busy afternoon of late filings by the Arkansas Supreme Court in addition to their Thursday morning opinion release.

Here's another. The court has dismissed a capital murder charge against Glen Homer Shelton Jr. in Jefferson County. He ran over Melanie Hughes with a tractor. He had at first contended he was acting in self-defense because she'd been shooting at him, but when his trial opened his attorney said he'd accidentally run over Hughes.

A mistrial was declared in the case over Shelton's objection because of the change in defense strategy. The court said a mistrial shouldn't have been declared and to try him now would constitute double jeopardy.

Here's the opinion. Here's some earlier coverage on the case.

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