PINE BLUFF â€” Arkansas' corrections system, which is looking for a murderer who walked away from a work detail, said Monday it isn't unusual for a killer to enjoy a special status that lets convicts perform tasks on either side of the prison fence.
Timothy "Bo" Buffington, 47, disappeared Saturday night from outside the Pine Bluff Unit. Buffington was serving a 20-year sentence for first-degree murder and would have been eligible for release in four years, Correction Department spokeswoman Shea Wilson said.
An emergency meeting of the Saline County Quorum Court will take place at 6 p.m. today in Courtroom 1 of the county courthouse.
Saline County Judge Lanny Fite requested the meeting to appropriate funds needed for the county road department's portion of the Alcoa Road improvement project.
Condemnations must be paid and filed by June 30, Fite said.
"This deadline must be met or the county could risk losing federal funding for the project," the judge said.
Participants are predicting lots of jeers and jokes when they take the podium Thursday night at a fundraising "roast and toast" for Saline County Judge Lanny Fite. However, all have been quick to say that they have enormous respect for the man who has led the county for the past 16 years.