TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Prosecutors say an Arkansas deputy was performing a good deed when he died in a traffic wreck this week while driving a man to a homeless shelter.
Prosecuting Attorney Carlton Jones says Lafayette County Chief Deputy Pete Richardson was "just trying to do the right thing" when he offered to give a hitchhiker a ride to a shelter. But authorities allege that the hitchhiker, Michael Ackart of Tulsa, Okla., grabbed the steering wheel while Richardson was driving, causing a wreck that killed Richardson.
Ackart has been jailed on suspicion of second-degree murder.
The Texarkana Gazette reports that Ackart made his first appearance Tuesday in court, where he told a judge he did not have an attorney. He's next due in court April 4.
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