- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) - A man accused in the 1967 killing of a North Little Rock man near Newport has pleaded not guilty to capital murder.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1Oc0SY1 ) reports that 68-year-old James Leon Clay of Georgetown, Delaware, entered his plea Thursday. He had been charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of 27-year-old James Ricks.

Clay was arrested March 10.

Jackson County authorities say Clay and his brother robbed a Little Rock pawn shop in June 1967. Police say they fled, found Ricks sleeping in his car and shot him through the window. They placed him in the trunk and drove to Newport, where Clay fatally shot Ricks in the head.

Ricks’ remains were discovered two months later.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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