The pretrial date for the murder trial against Cortez Waller has been moved back to November after both the prosecuting attorney and the defense asked for more time for discovery.
The pretrial is now scheduled for Nov. 10.
Both sides of the case cited discovery issues as the reason for the new pretrial hearing.
Waller was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault following the shooting death of Christopher Childress on July 15 in front of the Conway Police Department. According to Conway police, Childress followed Waller in his vehicle through the city and eventually to the police station. Waller allegedly shot and killed Childress after a disturbance in the station’s Front Street parking lot. Officials said the disturbance stemmed from a relationship between Waller and Childress’ fiancee, DeRanda Carter. Police received conflicting information as to when the relationship ended.
Waller turned himself into police immediately following the incident.
Waller posted a $20,000 bond on July 19, just hours before his scheduled first appearance in Faulkner County Circuit Court.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Waller could face 10-40 years or up to life in prison, Vaden said. A conviction on the aggravated assault charge, a Class D felony, could result in up to six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.
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