PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man who shot a police officer during a traffic stop last year, then coldly shot him again in the face while he was pleading for his life, was sentenced to death on Saturday.
Jerry Lard was convicted Thursday of capital murder, and a Greene County judge agreed with the jury that the 38-year-old should die for killing Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt in April 2011.
Schmidt's father, Donald Schmidt Sr., welcomed the decision, saying the youngest of his son's three children, who turns 3 years old in October, will grow up not knowing his father.
"It's given me an overwhelming sense of relief," Schmidt said. "For some of the family members who lost their husband — the children, they'll never get to see their father again. Only time will heal their wounds."