UPDATE: Lawyer for Ark. death row inmate seeks new trial
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case of a man who was sentenced to death for killing a police officer in northeast Arkansas.
The high court will hear oral arguments in Jerry Lard's case Thursday morning in Little Rock.
Lard was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death last year for the 2011 death of Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt.
Lard's lawyers want the Arkansas Supreme Court to reverse his case. They say he was sentenced to death a month after the high court struck down the state's method of execution law. State legislators enacted a new execution law this year.
The state says Lard's death sentence is valid and that the court should uphold it.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.