Hancock wants mur­der charge dropped

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - RON WOOD Ron Wood can be reached by email at rwood@nwadg.com or on Twit­ter @NWARDW.

FAYETTEVILLE — An at­tor­ney for Jimmy Lee Hancock, ac­cused in a fa­tal south Fayetteville stab­bing, is ask­ing the court to dis­miss the charges and re­lease Hancock, ar­gu­ing pros­e­cu­tors haven’t brought the case to trial in a timely fash­ion.

Po­lice found the body of An­thony Dell Jack­son, 58, un­der a pavil­ion at Walker Park, 10 W. 15th St., about 11:15 p.m. Aug. 31, 2015, ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary po­lice re­port. Jack­son was stabbed in the neck and head.

Hancock, 50, was ar­rested and charged with first-de­gree mur­der, ag­gra­vated as­sault and ter­ror­is­tic threat­en­ing. He pleaded not guilty Oct. 2, 2015.

Hancock was found near a knife and Jack­son’s body, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port. He ap­peared to have blood on him.

Both Jack­son and Hancock were home­less, po­lice said.

First-de­gree mur­der is pun­ish­able by 10 to 40 years or life in prison.

Hancock was ar­rested the same night as the killing and booked Sept. 1, 2015, into the Wash­ing­ton County Jail.

Au­tumn Tol­bert filed mo­tions Fri­day say­ing Hancock has been in jail since his ar­rest and the case should be dis­missed for fail­ure to com­ply with speedy trial rules.

The case has been con­tin­ued at least eight times. De­lays have in­cluded wait­ing for ev­i­dence re­ports from the Arkansas State Crime Lab and when Hancock changed lawyers.

Hancock wrote a let­ter to Cir­cuit Judge Joanna Tay­lor in Oc­to­ber 2016 com­plain­ing about de­lays.

Hancock is be­ing held at the Wash­ing­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in lieu of a $250,000 bond.

A wit­ness told po­lice Hancock had been in­volved in an as­sault and threat­en­ing in­ci­dent be­fore the killing hap­pened.

The wit­ness told po­lice Hancock held a knife to his chest be­cause he re­fused to drink with Hancock. The wit­ness de­scribed a knife sim­i­lar to what was re­cov­ered near Jack­son, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The wit­ness told po­lice he saw Jack­son and Hancock to­gether be­fore a po­lice of­fi­cer ar­rived on pa­trol.

Hancock told po­lice he was at the pavil­ion with Jack­son and the wit­ness, but he didn’t re­mem­ber how Jack­son died. Hancock also told po­lice he didn’t as­sault the wit­ness.


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