Still no motive in shooting case

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Trumann Chief of Police Larry Blagg has not released any further information on the shooting death of Dorman Ray Cooper, 26.

He did say Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ron Hunter has asked the department not to release further information on the case to the media.

Many area news outlets have been reporting on unsubstantiated claims regarding motive but Chief Blagg could not comment on those allegations.

Bruce Pennington, 61, remains at the Poinsett County jail without bail charged with capital murder. He appeared before Judge Steve Inboden Monday, May 12 for his probable cause hearing and the case was given a June 23 circuit court trial date.

Pennington is being represented by attorney Paul Ford.

According to information released by the Trumann Police Department, Pennington, an engineer for Columbia Forest, arrived at the plant at approximately 4:26 a.m. last Monday, May 12. This was his normal time to arrive at work.

Chief Blagg said two cameras were aimed at the guard building and show Pennington pulling up, exiting his black Toyota truck, walking up to the building and shooting Dorman Ray Cooper, security guard, in the chest and under the left eye.

Cooper, 26, of Marked Tree was a security guard with Securitas, which contracts for Columbia Forest.

Columbia Forest officials were contacted, but had no comment on the incident. No motive for the crime has been released.

The Trumann Police Department is asking anyone with information on the incident to contact the department at 870-483-6423.

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