A request by prosecutors Wednesday to increase the bond of a man accused in the death of a Conway police officer was denied Wednesday in Faulkner County Circuit Court.

Barry Strickland, 31, of Conway, was charged with first-degree battery following the death of officer William McGary on Jan. 31.

According to police, McGary was directing traffic at an accident on Dave Ward Drive when a Jeep driven by Strickland struck him.

On Feb. 1, McGary succumbed to fatal injuries at a hospital in Little Rock.

Strickland was released from a Faulkner County jail on $150,000 bond the same day and returned with his family to his hometown.

Prosecutors requested the bond amount be raised to $250,000 in light of the death of McGary. Judge Charles E. Clawson denied the request.

Over 50 of Strickland’s family members, fellow church members, coworkers and fellow military servicemen turned out for the hearing to offer their support.

Clawson ordered that while free on bond, Strickland must reside solely with his parents and may not operate a motor vehicle or use or possess firearms, alcohol or controlled substances without a prescription.

Strickland is subject to random drug screens, and was also ordered to make available immediately to prosecutors medical treatment records from the veteran’s hospital.

A pretrial hearing in the case was set for 9 a.m. May 1 at the Faulkner County courthouse.

(Megan Reynolds is a staff writer and can be reached by phone at 501-505-1277 or by e-mail at megan.reynolds@thecabin.net. To comment on this story and others, visit www.thecabin.net.)