Man accused in Ozan shooting found mentally fit

HOPE, Ark. (AP) - An Ozan man accused of shooting an Arkansas State Police trooper during a traffic stop has been found mentally fit to stand trial.

Herman Lee White is charged with first-degree battery of a law enforcement officer for the March 2012 shooting of Cpl. Pete Penney. An affidavit says Penney pulled over White between Ozan and Nashville and the two exchanged gunfire.

Both men suffered gunshot wounds that weren't life-threatening.

The Hope Star reports ( ) that Circuit Judge Duncan Culpepper found that White is capable of understanding the proceedings against him. The judge also found that White understood "the criminality of his conduct" at the time of the shooting.

Trial is set for Nov. 18.

Information from: Hope Star,

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