The trial for a Glencoe man, Steven Carpenter, 27, has been rescheduled. The pre-trial date is now April 20 with the jury trial scheduled for August 11. Carpenter is charged with capital murder, aggravated robbery, two counts of theft of property and being a habitual criminal.
Last March, a Stone County man, Kagen Futrell, 19, went missing. His body was recovered in a shallow grave on Parma Road March 28, 2008. Carpenter and two others, Mark Blackford, 20, and David Tidwell, 35, both from Stone County, were arrested in connection to Futrell's murder.
According to the Arkansas State Police, Futrell was involved with buying and selling methamphetamines. After visiting a friend's house in Timbo, Carpenter, Blackford and Tidwell picked him up and headed towards a tornado ravaged area on Parma Road.
All three men's sworn affidavits are different but have approximately the same timeline.
Blackford's affidavit states that the three of them believed Futrell was an undercover informant for the Drug Task Force. Blackford stated Carpenter and Tidwell beat and stabbed Futrell to death because they believed he was an informant. Blackford stated that he searched Futrell's body for drugs and poured a chemical on the body to remove evidence.
Carpenter stated in his affidavit that he was not involved in killing Futrell. He stated he was at the top of a hill cleaning the van all four of them traveled in to dispose of evidence as the other two killed Futrell.
Tidwell said in his statement that he stayed in the van as Blackford and Carpenter killed Futrell.
All three men are awaiting trial in the Stone County Jail.
Honorable Judge John Dan Kemp said Carpenter's trial had been held back to wait on evidence to come back and consultation from the Arkansas Crime Lab.