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Crime & Courts

September 7, 2012

Trial goes to jury in Brian Clapper trial

PINEVILLE, Mo. — Jurors began deliberating early this afternoon in the murder and assault trial of Brian J. Clapper of Bentonville, Ark.

The jury has an array of verdicts it could reach concerning the shooting death of John Bevill Jr., 34, of rural Washburn, and the wounding of Kendrick Long, 23, of Rogers, Ark. The trial has been underway this week in Pineville.

Circuit Judge Tim Perigo told jurors they may consider possible verdicts of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter, with respect to the slaying of Bevill.

As to the wounding of Long, jurors have possible verdicts of first-degree assalt, second-degree assault and misdemeanor assault.

Clapper also could be found innocent of both charges if jurors find he acted in self defense, or in defense of his girlfriend, Karis Cunigan.

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