(WMC-TV) – The man accused of shooting and killing a Trumann police officer in April 2011 is set to go to trial Monday.
Jerry Lard is charged with capital murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Lard for the shooting death of Trumann officer Jonathan Schmidt.
On the night of April 12, 2011 Officer Schmidt pulled over a silver Hyundai. The Hyundai pulled into the parking lot at Cottonwood Manor Apartments, and another officer on duty arrived for back-up.
Two of the four people in the Hyundai were removed from the car, then Schmidt approached the right side backseat passenger, Jerry Lard.
According to the affidavit, Lard said repeatedly before getting out of the car, "today is the day."
Court documents suggest when Schmidt opened the car door; Lard got out with a gun in his right hand and shot Schmidt at close range.
A gunfight broke out between Lard and the back-up officer. One stray bullet hit a nearby apartment and at least one other bullet shattered the back windshield of the back-up officer's patrol car.
Lard was shot, but has since recovered and is in jail.
Police said Schmidt died less than two hours after the shooting at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.
Lard has pleaded not guilty to capital murder, attempted capital murder and possession of methamphetamine, along with a firearms charge.