Supreme Court Affirms Death Sentence of Jerry Lard

JANUARY 9, 2014

STATEMENT OF SCOTT ELLINGTON, PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
IN RE: SUPREME COURT OPINION OF JERRY LARD V. STATE

“I am pleased that the Arkansas Supreme Court upheld the verdict and death sentence of Jerry Lard. However, I feel that the court missed an opportunity to clarify the law that would allow a victim’s family the right to be present and remain in the courtroom during a capital murder trial, even if they will be testifying as a witness in the sentencing phase.”

– Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney, Second Judicial District