BLYTHEVILLE, AR – A Mississippi County jury gathered to hear the case of Montarris Raiford on Tuesday morning, but before they could be selected, Mr. Raiford decided to plea guilty to the charges he faced. Raiford, 44, was charged with the August 2015 murder of Joseph Anderson Jr., 47. The incident occurred due to a confrontation over the alleged theft of a debit card. Judge Brent Davis accepted Mr. Raiford’s guilty plea, and sentenced him to twenty years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections, with and additional ten years suspended imposition of sentence to follow. Mr. Raiford was also assessed a fee for the cost of calling the jury to appear.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Gina Knight and Curtis Walker prosecuted the case for the State of Arkansas. Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said, “I want to thank Deputy Prosecutors Knight and Walker for their dedication and willingness to see this case through. I also want to thank Blytheville Police Department and investigator Eric Farrell. In addition, I want the 94 potential jurors to know how much we appreciate them for taking the time to appear for jury duty. Even though they didn’t get a chance to serve, they were willing to, and that is exactly what ensures a fair and just judicial system.”
Original article source: https://www.yourprosecutor.org/2018/07/mississippi-county-man-pleads-guilty-before-jury-can-be-selected/ | Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council