MISSOURI (AP) — According to the Associated Press 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 Missouri resident Allan Curtis Jones will stand trial March 13, 2017 in the death of a Monette resident, Mike Wallace, 55.Circuit Judge Melissa Bristow Richardson also set a plea date of March 6, 2017 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, 2016 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.