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ASU Board of Trustees to consider naming Criminal Justice Department for slain Newport officer

Sep 14, 2017

Credit Jackson County Sheriff's Department Facebook Page

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees will consider naming ASU-Newport’s Criminal Justice Department after a slain Newport police officer.  

Lt. Patrick Weatherford was killed June 12th when he was shot while responding to a call of a vehicle break in.  Weatherford was a 15 year veteran of the Newport Police Department and was named the 2016 Jackson County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  He was also a part-time campus police officer at ASU-Newport.  A 16-year old is facing capital murder charges in the shooting death of Weatherford.  An 18-year old that had previously been accused of the shooting will now face charges of breaking or entering, theft of property and furnishing a deadly weapon to a minor.   During Friday’s Arkansas State University Board of Trustees meeting in Jonesboro, the trustees will consider naming ASU-Newport’s Criminal Justice Department after Weatherford.