What could be the final pretrial date has been set for the Conway man charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault following the fatal shooting outside the Conway Police Department in July.
Cortez Waller will appear before the Faulkner County Circuit Court on March 3 in what the defense and prosecution hope will be his final appearance before going to trial.
Attorney William Luppen said the defense had not received some of the discovery and still needed to conduct interviews.
Deputy prosecuting attorney Angela Byrd also requested the time to review other information in the case.
Luppen said the defense should “be almost ready to go to trial” following the pretrial. The defense suggested that an April trial could be possible.
Circuit Judge Charles “Ed” Clawson required that all motions be filed by the March 2 date. He also said that the court would begin looking at possible trial dates at that time.
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. 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. 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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