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Strickland appears in court Wednesday morning

Pre-trial hearing continued until July 23

Posted: June 5, 2013 - 10:22am

Barry Strickland, accused in the death of Conway police officer William McGary, appeared in court Wednesday morning.

Strickland, 31, faces charges of first-degree battery and driving while intoxicated after police say Strickland struck McGary with his vehicle while McGary was directing traffic at an accident on Dave Ward Drive on Jan. 31.

McGary died from injuries Feb. 1.

Prosecutors and Strickland’s defense attorney briefly discussed discovery issues in court Wednesday at a pre-trial hearing before Faulkner County Circuit Judge Charles E. Clawson Jr.

Strickland’s attorney, Frank Shaw, said he still needs a video of Strickland’s sobriety test from the night of the accident, which he said has not been provided by the prosecution.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Troy Braswell said that the video has been provided to the defense, but can be issued again, if needed. Shaw said his defense team would check again for the video, and ask prosecution for a copy if one could not be found in the discovery items it has received.

Shaw also asked for copies of any police dash camera videos from the scene, and also a crash report from the accident for which McGary was directing traffic when he was struck.

After the prosecution said it did not have those items in its possession, Judge Clawson asked the defense to check with the police department about obtaining a copy of the accident report and any dash camera videos.

Judge Clawson continued the hearing until July 23 at 9 a.m., and said at the next hearing he wanted to set a date to resolve any motions and begin to set a timeline for the trial.

Strickland last appeared in court Friday when it was revealed through toxicology reports that he had no alcohol or non-prescribed drugs in his system at the time of the accident Jan. 31.

The toxicology report did show that Strickland, a two-time Iraq War veteran, did have prescribed drugs in his system. Shaw said Strickland is legally prescribed the drugs to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

If convicted of first-degree battery, a class Y felony, Strickland could face 10 to 40 years or life in prison.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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