100 YEARS AGO May 5, 1920
HELENA — For the second time in less than six months John Martin, negro, today was convicted of first degree murder. He was found guilty of killing W.A. Adkins, special agent for the Missouri Pacific railroad, on the night of September 30, at Hoop Spur, about 18 miles from Helena. The killing of Adkins was followed by a general uprising among the negroes in the vicinity of Hoop Spur and Elaine, which resulted in the deaths of five white men, including a United States soldier, and an unknown number of negroes.
50 YEARS AGO May 5, 1970
BLYTHEVILLE — Jerry Wrinkles, 19, of Jonesboro drowned Sunday while fishing at Mallard Lake about 15 miles west of here. Mississippi County authorities said that Wrinkles stood up in the boat and that it capsized. A native of Craighead County, Wrinkles worked with his father in the plumbing business at Jonesboro. He was a member of the Jonesboro Auxiliary Police and was a member of the Church of Christ.
25 YEARS AGO May 5, 1995
■ Was Georgia Louise Weaver a cunning murderer or herself the intended victim of arsenic poisoning? Pulaski County Circuit Court jurors took ¼ hours Thursday to answer that question, finding the grayhaired grandmother of three guilty of capital murder in the poisoning death of her sister, Jeannie Lee Allen, 66, of Little Rock. She will serve life in prison without parole on the conviction. That was the only sentence she faced, since the prosecution wasn’t seeking the death penalty. The petite 57-year-old looked grimly at the jurors as Circuit Judge John Langston polled them individually to ensure their verdict was unanimous. The jury also convicted Weaver of first-degree battery in the poisoning of Allen’s granddaughter. Weaver agreed to let Circuit Judge John Langston, rather than the jury, decide on a sentence on that conviction. Otherwise, the jury would have heard about her forgery-related convictions in circuit and federal court.
10 YEARS AGO May 5, 2010
■ Jurors shouldn’t be allowed to hear evidence the FBI obtained against former North Little Rock Alderman Cary Gaines through wiretaps because the information was gathered illegally, Gaines’ attorney said Tuesday. A federal jury trial is set to begin Aug. 24 for Gaines and George Wylie Thompson of Cabot, who are accused of conspiring to defraud the city of North Little Rock through a kickback scheme. In addition to the wire-fraud conspiracy charge based on those allegations, Gaines is accused of lying to FBI agents about Thompson’s income taxes, which prosecutors say Gaines prepared.