LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Jacksonville man accused of strangling an 85-year-old widow in her central Arkansas home has been given a trial date after state doctors found him competent to stand trial.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2q30OZr ) reports doctors at the Arkansas State Hospital diagnosed 52-year-old Chris Anthony Arnold with borderline intellectual functioning but found no mental illness.

Arnold is charged with capital murder in the November slaying of Maurine Eloy McDonald Jones in Sherwood. He was arrested four days before Christmas and also faces gun and drug charges based on the arresting officers’ discovery of methamphetamine, marijuana, two rifles and a pistol in his home.

Arnold has a 2004 felony conviction for theft by receiving and is barred from owning guns.

He is expected to stand trial in September.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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