Ofc. Jonathan Schmidt, Courtesy KAIT
PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas man has been convicted of capital murder for killing a police officer who begged him not to shoot.
A jury found 38-year-old Jerry Lard guilty Thursday of killing Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt during an April 2011 traffic stop.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Lard, who is expected to be sentenced this week in Paragould, about 35 miles north of Trumann. The trial was moved at Lard's lawyers' request.
Lard's defense attorneys didn't dispute that Lard shot Schmidt, but argued that he suffers from a mental disease or defect.
Prosecutors said Lard knew what he was doing when he shot Schmidt.
The Jonesboro Sun reports the jury also found Lard guilty of attempted capital murder for shooting at Schmidt's partner, Sgt. Corey Overstreet.
Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, http://www.jonesborosun.com
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