Hackworth pleads guilty to attempted capital murder

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Adam Hackworth

Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced Wednesday that Adam Hackworth, 29, of Rector was sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted capital murder charges stemming from a February 2013 incident in Rector.

Ellington said the defendant entered an unconditional guilty plea to the court, and following a sentencing hearing, Circuit Judge Pam Honeycutt sentenced Hackworth to two 35 year terms in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for each of the attempted capital murder charges. The judge also ordered 20 years imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm and another six years for the prohibited weapon, a sawed-off shotgun, which Hackworth used to shoot two victims.

Hackworth was arrested Feb. 23 for beating Jennifer (Branum) Walton of Rector and shooting Daniel Faris of Greenway in an altercation at a home on Crest Drive in Rector.

According to a Rector Police Department report, officers first received a call just after 11 p.m. Saturday stating someone was knocking on doors in the Stafford Addition. When they arrived at the area, officers saw Hackworth attempting to hide under a drain tile located between Stafford and Crest Streets.

While questioning Hackworth at the scene, officers heard the sounds of an injured person coming from a nearby grassy lot off Crest and followed the noises back to Walton. She appeared to have been beaten and badly cut. Walton was able to direct police to Faris' location in a nearby residence. Faris had suffered a shotgun blast to the abdomen. Both victims were transported to The Med in Memphis for treatment.

"We would have been prosecuting a capital murder case had it not been for the quick response of paramedics, the Rector Police Department, the Clay County Sheriff's Department, and the Arkansas State Police," the prosecutor said. "Their swift and collaborative actions saved the lives of the victims in this case."

The state was represented by Ellington and Clay County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mike Trail of Rector. Hackworth was represented by Piggott attorney C.W. Knauts.

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