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Batesville man, one other convicted in 2016 death of federal witness

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two men have been convicted of conspiring to kill a federal witness in Arkansas in 2016.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that jurors deliberated for almost seven hours before delivering their verdicts Tuesday against Donald Smith, 37, of Malvern and Samuel Sherman, 38, of Batesville in the shooting death of Suzen Cooper, 44, of Malvern.

Prosecutors alleged that Smith, Sherman, and Suzen Cooper’s former sister-in-law conspired to sell methamphetamine and cocaine and that Cooper was a confidential informant who had purchased meth from Sherman.

The two men face up to life in prison. 

To read the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette story, click here. (Subscription may be required.)

From the Associated Press

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