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February 3rd, 2015

Jury: Jailers' response in incident ruled OK

February 3, 2015

In a rare Saturday deliberation, a federal jury in Little Rock found in favor of all Saline County Detention Center jailers who had been charged with failure to provide emergency medical care to an inmate in conjunction with an April 13, 2011, arrest.

The jury also found in favor of all but two of the 10 defendants on an additional charge of excessive use of force. The jurors deadlocked on a single claim against two defendants.

The suit stemmed from an arrest that occurred April 13, 2011. Robin Babovec Cruz, mother of the deceased inmate, filed the suit.

Spann on trial; jury selected Monday in murder case

February 3, 2015

After several hours of questioning, a jury was seated Monday evening for the trial of a man allegedly responsible for the death of two brothers in the Sardis community.

Questioning of potential jurors began at approximately 11 a.m. Monday morning and the jury of 12 was seated at 7 p.m.

This case stems from an incident that occurred on Oct. 6, 2013 when Clinton Dewitt Spann Jr.,67, shot Donald O. Williams and Michael Williams. Defense attorney Erin Cassinelli told potential jurors during questioning that this was not a case of “who done it, but what happened.”

February 2nd

Jury selection underway for trial against man accused in Sardis deaths

February 2, 2015

After a slow start, jury selection started at approximately 11 a.m. for the trial of a man allegedly responsible for the death two brothers in the Sardis Community.

Clinton Dewitt Spann Jr., 67, was arrested on Oct. 6, 2013, in connection with the deaths of Donald O. Williams and Michael Williams.

During the first round of questioning this morning, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Rebecca Bush asked potential jurors about the neighborhood they live in and their opinion on law enforcement and guns. Bush is being assisted by Deputy Prosecutors Carrie Robertson and Andy Gill during the case.

Trial for man accused in Sardis deaths to start today

February 2, 2015

The trial for a man who is allegedly responsible for the death of two brothers in Sardis is set to begin today before Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips.

Clinton Dewitt Spann Jr., 67, was arrested in connection with the death of Michael Williams, 46, and Donald Williams, 49.

According to the Saline County Sheriff's Office, on Oct. 6, 2013, Spann received a call from a neighbor who reported there were two people on his property.

Spann allegedly grabbed a loaded gun and then called the Saline County Sheriff's Office and left a voicemail.

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