Jury Pool Expected To Be About 200 When Selection Begins Monday
RISON – With the death penalty remaining as a potential punishment in the capital murder trial of Brad Hunter Smith, an expanded jury pool has been called in anticipation of a rigorous selection process that is scheduled to begin this Monday morning, July 24.
Cleveland County Clerk Jimmy Cummings, who office is responsible for assembling juries, confirmed that he sent notices to another 100 people last week informing them to show up for a pre-qualifying hearing this week (Tuesday, July 18) at the Cleveland County Courthouse in Rison.
Cummings said in an interview Monday that both the court and the prosecution had asked for the extra jury candidates to be included in the pool.
Smith, 21, is charged with capital murder, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse in connection with the December 2015 death of Cherrish Faith Allbright. The body of the pregnant 22-year-old woman was found on the night of Dec. 10, 2015, buried in a wooded area about a mile off Rodgers Road West in northern Cleveland County. She had last been seen on Dec. 3, 2015, at her grandmother’s house on Rodgers Road West.
The capital murder and kidnapping charges against Smith are Class “Y” felonies punishable by 10 to 40 years to life in prison, and a fine not to exceed $25,000. The death penalty is also applicable in capital murder cases.
The case is being prosecuted by 13th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney David Butler with assistance from Cleveland County Deputy Prosecutor Tom Wynne. Circuit Judge David W. Talley will be presiding over the trial.
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