Harrison, Cox enter not guilty pleas

Robert Harrison, 32, of Emerson, was arraigned today in Columbia County Circuit Court before Circuit Judge Larry Chandler, and entered a plea of not guilty. He is charged with capital murder, residential burglary, and theft of property (firearm) under $2,500 in the May 27 homicide of Glenda Stroman of Magnolia.

Robert Harrison (Photo by Aaron Morris)

Deputy Prosecutor David Butler stated the penalty for capital murder is either life in prison without the possibility of parole or death by lethal injection. The residential burglary charge carries a penalty of not less than five nor more than 20 years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $15,000. The theft of property-firearm charge carries a penalty of a term not to exceed six years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Butler said as Harrison has previously been convicted of four or more felonies, he is considered to be a habitual offender, and if found guilty of these offenses there may be additional penalties.

Harrison was represented by Robert Jeffrey of the public defender’s office.
His next court date will be Sept. 6.

Wendy Cox, 38, of DeKalb, Texas, was also arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty. Cox is charged with four counts theft of property over $5,000 and two counts theft of property over $25,000, in connection with the November 2011 Southern Arkansas University horse theft case.

Wendy Cox (Photo by Aaron Morris)

Cox was represented by attorney John Stroud of Texarkana. Her next court date will be Nov. 1.

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