Arkansas man acquitted in death of Ardmore police officer

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Sheridan man has been found not guilty of second-degree battery in connection with the death of an Ardmore, Oklahoma, police officer during a bar fight in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that a Pulaski County jury deliberated about 90 minutes Wednesday before acquitting 25-year-old Aaron Glenn Threlkeld (pictured, right).

Threlkeld was charged in the September 2010 death at the Electric Cowboy of Elzie Cain (pictured, left) of Ardmore, Okla. Prosecutors argued that Threlkeld hit Cain out of jealousy over a woman - but acknowledged that he didn't intend to kill Cain.

Threlkeld testified that he hit Cain in self-defense when Cain started to swing at him. Cain suffered a fractured skull when his head hit the floor.

Cain was in Little Rock for Oklahoma National Guard sniper training.

We'll have reaction from those who knew and worked with Cain tonight on First News.

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