Man convicted of killing Texarkana police officer appearing before parole board


A man convicted of killing Texarkana, Ark. Police officer Lieutenant Ed Worrell in 1977 is up for parole.

THe family of Lt. Worrell are now asking for the public’s support to keep the murderer behind bars.

Lt. Ed Worrell and Ptl. James “Butch” Clark responded to a burglary in progress at the Howard’s Discount Center located on North Stateline Avenue during the early morning hours of February 3, 1977. As they exited their vehicles to check the building, 15-year-old John Lohbauer watched from a nearby bank parking lot and shot both officers with a high powered rifle.  (More Info)

Lohbauer was arrested a short time later and is currently serving a life sentence plus 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

A 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that for juveniles, a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole is unconstitutional. Which means that Lohbauer must have a chance for parole despite being sentenced to life.

Lohbauer requested clemency from Governor Clinton in 1991 and Governor Huckabee in 2004 both of which were opposed by the City of Texarkana, Arkansas and the Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department.

Lt. Worrell’s family has taken to Facebook to request the public to write or call the Arkansas Parole Board by May 31 to protest his release. Reference Inmate John C. Lohbauer #070497.

Parole Board Contact Info:
Two Union National Plaza
105 W Capitol Ave #500
Little Rock, AR 72201

501 682 3850

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