- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An April trial has been set for a North Little Rock man accused of fatally shooting a volunteer firefighter who came to his rescue earlier this year.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2glpx ) that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Barry Sims set an April 11 manslaughter trial for 48-year-old Mark Eugene Pruitt.

Pruitt faces up to 10 years in prison over accusations that he fatally shot Ronald Jason Adams. Adams was responding to an emergency call for a man having a seizure and entered Pruitt’s home.

The judge also ruled that Pruitt is competent to stand trial after a mental evaluation by state doctors found that the self-employed car dealer isn’t mentally ill.

Pruitt told his examiners at the state hospital that he had accidentally shot Adams, mistaking him for an intruder.


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

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