- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A judge has denied a motion to take the death penalty off the table for a man charged with killing his 6-year-old neighbor in northwest Arkansas.

Twenty-four-year-old Zach Holly is charged with capital murder, rape, kidnapping and residential burglary in the 2012 death of 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman. He has pleaded not guilty.

KHOG reported (https://bit.ly/1elWW9k ) Friday that a judge denied Holly’s lawyers motion to drop the death penalty.

Holly’s trial is scheduled to start July 29.

Jersey’s death ended a short life marred by abuse. Her father and stepmother were sentenced to prison after being convicted of chaining her to a dresser in 2011.

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Information from: KHOG-TV, https://www.4029tv.com


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