Barry Strickland, accused in the death of Conway police officer William McGary, is scheduled to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday morning.
Strickland’s attorney, Frank Shaw, stated at his client’s last hearing July 23 that the defense needed time to review discovery files it received just days prior to the hearing.
Faulkner County Circuit Judge Ed Clawson had previously told the defense and prosecution he hoped to be able to set a date fro outstanding motions, and begin to set a timeline for trial at the July 23 hearing, although it did not happen.
Clawson said July 23 that he hoped the defense would have motions filed prior to Monday’s hearing. A deadline for motions is expected to be set by Clawson on Monday.
Strickland, 32, of Conway is charged with first-degree battery and driving while intoxicated after police say Strickland struck McGary with his vehicle while the officer was directing traffic at an accident Jan. 31 on Dave Ward Drive.
McGary died from injuries Feb. 1.
A toxicology report revealed at a motion hearing May 31 showed Strickland had no alcohol or non-prescribed drugs in his system at the time of the accident.
The toxicology reports show Strickland, a two-tour Iraq war veteran, did have prescribed drugs in his system, which Shaw says he is legally prescribed 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.
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