Special prosecutor to be appointed in Parker case

Friday, August 30, 2019

By Scott Loftis

CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com

A special prosecutor will be appointed in the case of Lance Joseph Parker, the Green Forest man who was arrested earlier this month after allegedly making threats against Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson.

During a brief hearing on Friday, Aug. 23, at the Carroll County Western District Courthouse in Eureka Springs, Special Circuit Judge Gary Arnold granted a motion by Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Rogers, who asked Arnold to appoint a special prosecutor.

Arnold, a Saline County circuit judge, is presiding over Parker’s case after Jackson’s recusal.

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Parker, 28, on Aug. 9 at a residence on Carroll County Road 955, according to court documents.

The arrest came less than three hours after Parker allegedly made the threats toward Jackson in a phone call with probation/parole officer Suzanne Villines.

Deputies initially were dispatch to the prosecuting attorney’s office to speak with Rogers and Villines.

Parker appeared before Carroll County District Judge Dale Ramsey on Aug. 14. Ramsey found sufficient probable cause to charge Parker and set his bond at $100,000 cash. Ramsey also ordered Parker to have no contact with Jackson or his family.

As of Monday morning, Parker was still being held in the county jail.

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