A 2013 road-rage incident that led to the death of one driver — and three trials for the man who shot him — resulted in a conviction that was overturned Thursday by the Arkansas Supreme Court, which sent the case back to circuit court.
In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that jurors in Chris Schnarr’s third trial, in which he was convicted of manslaughter, were improperly barred from hearing instructions regarding Schnarr’s arguments that he was justified in shooting Arista Lee "A.J." Aldridge Jr. during a confrontation in downtown Little Rock.
According to newspaper reports and court records, Aldridge failed to yield to Schnarr’s vehicle that was exiting Interstate 30 one May afternoon in 2013.
The two men exchanged words while driving side by side. Aldridge then stopped in front of Schnarr’s vehicle, got out and approached Schnarr. Schnarr, a concealed-carry permit holder, testified that he raised his handgun at Schnarr, told him to leave and then fired three shots when Aldridge continued to walk toward him.
Schnarr was originally charged with first-degree murder, but that trial ended in a mistrial. His second trial resulted in a manslaughter conviction that was overturned by the Supreme Court in early 2017 because the […]