Man accused of negligent homicide set for trial

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A 63-year-old man accused of being under the influence of meth when he caused a crash in Miller County, Ark., killing a 24-year-old driver, is scheduled for a jury trial next month.

Forrest Rector Stewart Jr. of Ozan, Ark., was scheduled for a status hearing Tuesday in Miller County before Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson. Johnson scheduled the case for a final pretrial hearing June 5 and for jury selection June 18.

Stewart is accused of negligent homicide in the Nov. 2 roadway death of James Crowe. According to an arrest affidavit, Stewart was traveling north on Highway 67 at U.S. Highway 108 in a Ford F-150 pickup Nov. 2 in Miller County at about 6:45 a.m. when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on into Crowe’s Hyundai as it traveled south. Crowe was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Samples of Stewart’s blood and urine collected after the deadly crash allegedly tested positively for methamphetamine. Stewart is currently free on a $75,000 bond. He is represented by Theodis Thompson Jr. of Little Rock. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Connie Mitchell is managing the prosecution.

If convicted of negligent homicide, Stewart faces five to 20 years in prison and a possible fine up to $15,000.

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