FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. — According to court documents, the 2015 charges against former Conway police officer Dustin O'Dell have been dropped by the state of Arkansas.
In September 2015, O'Dell dropped off his laptop at Luyet Computer in Conway for repair.
That's when an employee contacted police after finding a folder on the laptop with videos and pictures that he could assume without enlarging or watching, that "there was no question" the files were child pornography, according to the affidavit.
Court documents show a folder on the computer titled "young" where child pornography was found.
During the September 2018 trial, the jury was deadlocked and labeled as a mistrial.
A new trial was scheduled this past July and then rescheduled to November 25, 2019, when charges were dropped on behalf of the prosecution.
"Due to the jury not being able to reach a verdict and after consultation with our expert witness concerning aspects of the case and discussions within our office about evidentiary matters we are electing not to proceed with the trial and make a motion to nolle pros," said Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews.