- Associated Press - Saturday, December 31, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A trial date has been set for a man accused of fatally shooting a northeast Arkansas farmer over a dispute about herbicide use.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2isVn2W ) Missouri resident Allan Curtis Jones will stand trial March 13 in the death of 55-year-old Monette resident Mike Wallace.

Circuit Judge Melissa Bristow Richardson also set a plea date of March 6 for Jones. Jones will go to trial if he fails to reach a plea deal with prosecutors.

Jones has pleaded not guilty.

Wallace was fatally shot during an Oct. 27 dispute over the alleged illegal spraying of dicamba - an herbicide that can damage cotton and soybeans that aren’t dicamba tolerant.

Jones is the farm manager for a Missouri farmer who Wallace allegedly thought was responsible for damaging his crops.


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

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