In what has been referred to as unbelievable courtroom action Thursday, the trial for the man accused of throwing the punch that led to the death of an Ardmore police officer was postponed. The reason? Not enough Pulaski County citizens called to jury duty showed up.

Judge Herb Wright, who is to preside over the case charging Aaron Glenn Threlkeld with second-degree battery, reset the trial for Nov. 8.


 In what has been referred to as unbelievable courtroom action Thursday, the trial for the man accused of throwing the punch that led to the death of an Ardmore police officer was postponed. The reason? Not enough Pulaski County citizens called to jury duty showed up.
Judge Herb Wright, who is to preside over the case charging Aaron Glenn Threlkeld with second-degree battery, reset the trial for Nov. 8.

 

The 26-year-old defendant is accused of hitting Cain on Sept. 12, 2010, at a Little Rock nightclub. Cain was on a 45-day leave from the APD in order to attend a National Guard sniper school in Little Rock. Capt. Eric Hamblin, APD, said at the time, Cain was preparing for National Guard deployment early this year with Combat Command Troop C, 1-180th headquartered in Ada.

 

 “During the early morning hours he was involved in an altercation at a Little Rock establishment. He was assaulted and that assault resulted in his injuries,” Hamblin said just hours after Cain was injured and taken to a Little Rock hospital where he was placed on life support suffering from what was described as “traumatic brain injury.” Cain subsequently died from the injury.

 

Threlkeld, who was reportedly working as a nurse at the same hospital where Cain died, admitted to Little Rock police he hit the Iraq War veteran at a nightclub called The Electric Cowboy. Threlkeld was taken into custody at the scene, but told investigators his actions were self defense.

 

However, Lt. Terry Hastings, a LRPD Public Information Officer, told The Ardmoreite Sept. 15, 2010, there was no evidence Cain had acted aggressively. Hastings also confirmed there were numerous witnesses present when Threlkeld hit Cain, causing him to fall and severely strike his head.

 

“It wasn’t a fight-fight,” Hastings said, calling the case “pretty well closed.”

 

Cain and a number of other Guardsmen were at the nightclub where the attack occurred. Cain was reportedly dancing with a woman Threlkeld identified as a former girlfriend. When the Sheridan, Ark. man saw the pair dancing, he walked onto the floor and struck Cain.

 

In November, Larry Jegley, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, filed the charge against Threlkeld. Court documents indicate the defendant is accused of “unlawfully, feloniously, with the purpose of causing physical injury to another person, did cause serious physical injury to Elzie James Cain ...”

 

Threlkeld reportedly was suspended from his job pending the outcome of the case.  According to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing website he does have a “Temporary Licensed Practical Nurse Permit.”

 

If convicted he could serve up to six years in a state prison, but according to Arkansas law he would be eligible for parole after serving just 1/6th or just one year of the sentence. A conviction could prevent Threlkeld from obtaining a permanent LPN license.