Prosecutors will ask that Barry Strickland’s bond be revoked for violating the terms of his pre-trial release in a Faulkner County court hearing scheduled for May 31 at 9 a.m.
A motion filed May 17 by prosecutors calls for the revocation after Strickland, accused in the death of a Conway police officer, allegedly missed a drug screen, failed to provide a sample at another drug screen appointment, and failed to report back to the office to provide the sample by 5 p.m. that day.
Drug screens are a requirement of Strickland’s pre-trial release, according to the motion.
Strickland is out on a $150,000 bond and faces a felony first degree battery charge in the death of Conway Police Department officer William McGary, who police say Strickland struck with his vehicle while McGary directed traffic around an accident at Dave Ward Drive in January of this year.
Strickland also faces a charge for driving while intoxicated at the time of the incident.
A letter contained in the prosecutors’ motion from probation manager Jerry Bradshaw states Strickland’s mother told him he missed an April 29 drug screen because Strickland was participating in a "sleep study."
When Strickland reported to be tested the next day, Bradshaw wrote that Strickland "was not able to provide a sample," and had to leave due to a medical appointment in Little Rock.
Bradshaw said Strickland did not report back to be tested by 5 p.m. as he was directed.
The prosecution’s request to increase Strickland’s bond in light of McGary’s death about a day after the incident was denied in February by Judge Charles E Clawson.
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