Man in car with Lafayette Co. deputy charged with 2nd degree murder

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say an Oklahoma man has been jailed on a second-degree murder charge in the traffic death of a southwest Arkansas sheriff's deputy.

Lafayette County Chief Deputy Pete Richardson was killed Monday in a three-vehicle crash near Lewisville. According to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, Richardson was driving Michael Lee Ackart, 30 of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to a homeless shelter in Miller County.

Investigators believe Ackart reached over and grabbed the steering wheel as Richardson was driving, causing Richardson to swerve into oncoming traffic and crash into a vehicle.

Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene. Ackart was taken to a Texarkana hospital and was later transported to the Miller County jail.


Richardson, a 19-year veteran of the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, was a candidate for sheriff in the upcoming election.

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