01/20/17  Cleveland County Murder Trial Moved To March


The capital murder trial for Brad Hunter Smith of the Randall community in Cleveland County has been moved to March 27 thru 31. Smith is one of three to be charged in the killing of 22 year old Cherrish Faith Allbright in December of 2015.

The trial was moved from the January date as the court awaits action on 30 motions filed by Smith's attorney, Greg Robinson of Pine Bluff.  According to a Cleveland County Herald report, Prosecuting Attorney David Butler says the motions filed by Robinson range from Smith being able to wear street clothes during the trial to dismissing the death penalty in the case.

Butler expects some of the more harmless motions like wearing street clothes to trial to be granted while the others will remain in place.

Meanwhile, an attorney representing another defendant in the case, Joshua Brown of Rison, has asked the court to suppress the testimony of his client made during the investigation, and also asked that Brown's case be moved to the juvenile division. The other suspect is Jonathan Guenther also of the Randall community.

All three suspects have been charged with capital murder, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse in connection with Allbright's death. All three are being tried separately. All three remain in custody.

Cleveland County Sheriff Jack Rodgers says  Smith is being held at the Dallas County Detention Center. Guenther remains in the Cleveland County jail in Rison. Brown, who was 16 years old at the time of the crime was charged as an adult, however he is currently in the Division of Youth Services on unrelated charges.