Oklahoma man jailed in Ark. deputy’s death

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 18, 2014
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TEXARKANA, Ark. — Authorities say an Oklahoma man has been jailed on a second-degree murder charge in the traffic death of a southwest Arkansas sheriff’s deputy.

Lafayette County Chief Deputy Pete Richardson was killed Monday in a three-vehicle crash near Lewisville. According to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, Richardson was driving Michael Lee Ackart of Tulsa, Okla., to a homeless shelter in Miller County.

Authorities tell a local television station that investigators believe Ackart reached over and grabbed the steering wheel as Richardson was driving, causing Richardson to swerve into oncoming traffic and crash into a vehicle.

Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene. Ackart was taken to a Texarkana hospital and was later transported to the Miller County jail. Authorities did not know if he had an attorney.


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