by Max Brantley
It's been a busy afternoon of late filings by the Arkansas Supreme Court in addition to their Thursday morning opinion release.
Here's another. The court has dismissed a capital murder charge against Glen Homer Shelton Jr. in Jefferson County. He ran over Melanie Hughes with a tractor. He had at first contended he was acting in self-defense because she'd been shooting at him, but when his trial opened his attorney said he'd accidentally run over Hughes.
A mistrial was declared in the case over Shelton's objection because of the change in defense strategy. The court said a mistrial shouldn't have been declared and to try him now would constitute double jeopardy.