Trumann man pleads not guilty

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Trumann man charged with capital murder last month pled not guilty through his attorney Monday in Poinsett County Circuit Court.

Bruce Wade Pennington, 61, was present for the hearing at the Poinsett County Detention Center in Harrisburg. His attorney, Paul Ford of Jonesboro, pleaded not guilty on behalf of his client.

Ford waived formal arraignment for his client and then entered the not guilty plea.

Pennington was arrested by Trumann police on May 12 in connection with the fatal shooting of Dorman Ray Cooper, 26, of Marked Tree. The fatal shooting occurred outside the Columbia Forest Products plant in Trumann at a guard shack where Cooper was working.

Trumann police allege that Pennington pulled up near the guard shack in his pick-up. Pennington then, according to police reports, walked up and fired two shots at Cooper.

After allegedly shooting Cooper, Pennington returned to his vehicle, a black Toyota Tundra, and drove to the Police Department and turned himself in.

Cooper was shot once in the head and once in the chest with a 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun.

Circuit Judge Victor Hill of West Memphis accepted the plea. The case could move forward to trial as soon as September.

The trial is tentatively set for Sept. 8-12 with a pre-trial date set for Aug. 25. Circuit Judge David Burnett of Osceola is scheduled to preside over the trial.

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