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ASU Board of Trustees to consider naming Criminal Justice Department for slain Newport officer

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The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees will consider naming ASU-Newport’s Criminal Justice Department after a slain Newport police officer.  

Lt. Patrick Weatherford was killed June 12th when he was shot while responding to a call of a vehicle break in.  Weatherford was a 15 year veteran of the Newport Police Department and was named the 2016 Jackson County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  He was also a part-time campus police officer at ASU-Newport.  A 16-year old is facing capital murder charges in the shooting death of Weatherford.  An 18-year old that had previously been accused of the shooting will now face charges of breaking or entering, theft of property and furnishing a deadly weapon to a minor.   During Friday’s Arkansas State University Board of Trustees meeting in Jonesboro, the trustees will consider naming ASU-Newport’s Criminal Justice Department after Weatherford.