Trial date set in Ark. trooper's shooting

HOPE, Ark. (AP) - A trial date has been set for a man accused of shooting and wounding an Arkansas trooper during a traffic stop.

A judge has set Nov. 18 for 67-year-old Herman White of Ozan to be tried for the March 2012 shooting of Cpl. Pete Penney.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that White is charged with first-degree battery of a law enforcement officer.

Trial was delayed to allow for a mental evaluation. Circuit Judge Duncan Culpepper has ruled White is capable of understanding court proceedings and understood the severity of his alleged conduct at the time of the shooting.

Penney was hit in the abdomen with a .357-caliber slug. He returned fire, striking White three times. Two troopers who came to Penney's aid arrested White.

Penney returned to work in May.

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