TRIAL BEGINS: Josh Hastings (left) in court today with his attorney Bill James.

  • Brian Chilson
  • TRIAL BEGINS: Josh Hastings (left) in court today with his attorney Bill James.

FOR THE PROSECUTION: Deputy Prosecutor John Johnson

  • Brian Chilson
  • FOR THE PROSECUTION: Deputy Prosecutor John Johnson

David Koon has provided summaries of opening statements in the trial of former Little Rock police officer Josh Hastings, charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a car burglary suspect, Bobby Moore Jr., 15.

Deputy Prosecutor John Johnson said Moore and his companions were committing crimes, but Hastings had acted recklessly and not in self-defense.

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Defense attorney Bill James countered that Hastings believed he was about to be run over and that investigators had overlooked physicial evidence damaging to the state’s case. He said Hastings was doing his job that night; the others involved were committing crimes.

More details from David follow:

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UPDATE: More below.