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Executive Assistant for Scott Ellington,
Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney
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PIGGOTT, ARK. – September 11, 2013 – Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced Wednesday that Adam Hackworth, 29, of Rector was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted capital murder charges stemming from a February 2013 incident in Rector.


Ellington said the defendant entered an unconditional guilty plea to the court, and following a sentencing hearing, Circuit Judge Pam Honeycutt sentenced Hackworth to two 35 year terms in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for each of the attempted capital murder charges. The judge also ordered 20 years imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm and another six years for the prohibited weapon, a sawed-off shotgun, which Hackworth used to shoot the male victim and beat the female victim.


“We would have been prosecuting a capital murder case had it not been for the quick response of paramedics, the Rector Police Department, the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, and the Arkansas State Police,” the prosecutor said. “Their swift and collaborative actions saved the lives of the victims in this case.”

The state was represented by Ellington and Clay County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mike Trail of Rector. Hackworth was represented by Piggott attorney C.W. Knauts.




On February 22, the Rector Police Department responded to a home in the 200 block of Crest Street in Rector and discovered a man with an apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen in the laundry room of the residence. Rector Police Chief Glenn Leach said the female victim was lying in a vacant lot adjacent to the residence. She had been severely beaten in the facial area, and a sawed-off 20-gauge shotgun was located beside her.


The police chief said his department originally received a call of a female running door to door screaming and beating on doors for someone to let her in. As officers responded, they witnessed a man running toward Highway 90 and hide inside of a concrete culvert. Police ordered the man, identified as Hackworth, out of the culvert to find that he was covered in blood. As officers were obtaining information from him, they heard the female victim moaning for help from the vacant lot. Both victims were airlifted from the scene to The Med in Memphis.


Rector police and Arkansas State Police Investigators Mike Grimes and Allen Earnhart discovered that Hackworth was an ex-boyfriend of the female victim and came uninvited into her Crest Street home. From there, a fight ensued resulting in the shooting of the male victim, a visitor of the female victim. Subsequently, Hackworth chased down the female victim and beat her with the firearm.