Special prosecutor appointed in case of 2001 slaying at Arkansas transient camp


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VAN BUREN, Arkansas — A special prosecutor has been appointed in the case of a man convicted of killing a woman at a Crawford County transient camp in 2001.

The Times Record reports (http://bit.ly/1nISqTP ) Fort Smith attorney Ron Fields was appointed during a Wednesday hearing.

The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Rickey Dale Newman earlier this year, saying he was incompetent to stand trial when he was convicted in 2002 of killing Marie Cholette.

Defense attorney Julie Brain argued for prosecutor Marc McCune's removal. She says McCune accompanied police when Newman showed them where he disposed of a knife used to kill the 46-year-old Cholette and says McCune could be a material witness in the case.

McCune agreed to leave the case.

Brain has argued that Newman is not guilty.

Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/

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