Man Suspected Of Killing Deputy Pleads Not Guilty To Capital Murder, Judge Issues Gag Order

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SEBASTIAN COUNTY (KFSM) — The shooting suspect in the death of Sebastian County Deputy Cpl. Bill Cooper pleaded not guilty to the charge of capital murder on Wednesday (Aug. 17).

Billy Monroe Jones’ charges were upgraded on Monday (Aug. 15) to capital murder and 10 counts of attempted capital murder, along with felon in possession of a firearm, killing or injuring animals used by law enforcement and habitual crime.

During Jones’ arraignment on Wednesday, he pleaded not guilty. He is being held with no bond, and a judge issued a gag order on the trial.

Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue stated in a release that his office will review the decision as to whether it will pursue the death penalty in the case.

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