LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge who blocked Arkansas' use of an execution drug, effectively blocking the state's lethal injections, has retracted his request for a professional conduct investigation of state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and members of her staff over their response to his order.
The attorney general's office sought Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's removal from the execution drug case after Griffen participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day as his April 16 order.
Griffen asked for the investigation April 26, saying Rutledge's office didn't alert him it was seeking his removal from the case. The Arkansas Supreme Court lifted Griffen's order and disqualified him from death penalty cases.
Griffen retracted his investigation request Friday, saying he found an April 15 email on his office computer that alerted him to Rutledge's intentions.
Little Rock police identify suspect in double slaying
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock police say a man found dead at a mobile home park Sunday is believed to have killed a woman and her daughter whose bodies were discovered the next day in southwest Little Rock.
Little Rock police spokesman Steve Moore says police believe that 35-year-old Armando Castillo killed 32-year-old Amanda Murillo and her 15-year-old daughter, whose name hasn't been released. Moore said that investigators believe that Castillo, who was found dead of a gunshot wound, later killed himself.
Murillo and her daughter were found dead in an SUV in the same mobile home park where Castillo's body was found.
Moore said Castillo was also a suspect in a fatal shooting in Mabelvale.
Rapper Travis Scott pleads not guilty to inciting a riot
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A rapper who was charged with inciting a riot after inviting fans onstage during an Arkansas concert has pleaded not guilty.
Police say Travis Scott "encouraged people to rush the stage" during a concert Saturday at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rogers, about 200 miles northwest of Little Rock. Investigators say multiple people were injured, including a concert security employee and a police officer.
Scott's attorney, Drew Ledbetter, said Scott "only intended to put on a good show." Ledbetter says Scott waived his arraignment and pleaded not guilty to the charges, including disorderly conduct and endangering the welfare of a minor.
An attorney for the city says she can't comment on the pending case.
Scott, whose legal name is Jacques Webster, is scheduled to perform Friday in Michigan.
Inmates accused of setting fire at Forrest City jail
FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say four inmates face additional charges after a fire was intentionally set in the St. Francis County jail in Forrest City.
It took two hours to fully extinguish a fire that was set Monday night in a jail cell. Authorities say the fire apparently started when inmates stuck pieces of paper into an electrical outlet, then threw the burning papers onto bed mats inside a cell.
One inmate told investigators that they'd set the fire in an attempt to escape.
No one was hurt in the blaze.
Authorities say three inmates face charges of arson and reckless burning while a fourth inmate faces charges of impairing the operation of a vital public facility.