In Arkansas and all jurisdictions, criminal defense attorneys know that they must work very hard to give the best and most vigorous defense to their clients. In particular, the attorney must research the case thoroughly, and he or she must become intimately familiar with all of the potential ins and outs that may come up in violent crimes cases. The best outcomes in such matters are often enjoyed by those defendants fortunate enough to find an experienced criminal defense attorney who can deftly maneuver the procedural protocols with the greatest of ease.
These principles may come to play in the case of an 18-year-old man who authorities arrested on Oct. 9 in connection with a shooting at a Walmart Supercenter in Springdale. The Springdale Police Department reported that the man got into an argument with a 25-year-old male inside the store. The altercation then moved outside the store near the front entrance.
Outside the store, the defendant allegedly shot the victim in the arm and then left the scene. The victim reportedly went inside the store and requested help, according to police. The victim was taken by ambulance to the Washington Regional Medical Center but it is believed that he was treated and released. Police apprehended the suspect without any incidents being reported.
They charged him with the violent crimes of attempted murder and carrying a gun. According to police, the defendant stated that he did not want to kill the victim and that the gun went off by mistake. That kind of a defense is a double-edged sword. If the facts hold up as reported, the defendant was carrying a gun, pulled it out when he got in an argument, and shot it, mistakenly or not. However, with a superficial wound to the arm, defense counsel will focus all efforts in getting the attempted murder charge dropped as it does appear that the defendant's anger did not rise to the level of attempted murder pursuant to Arkansas law.
Source: 5newsonline.com, "Police Make Arrest In Connection To Springdale Walmart Shooting", Zuzanna Sitek, Oct. 11, 2016