Capital Murder Verdict

Scotty Gardner

A Faulkner County Circuit Court Jury took only 15 minutes to convict 57-year old Scotty Ray Gardner of capital murder.

The jury on Tuesday finding Gardner guilty in the strangulation death of his girlfriend 41-year old Susan Heather Stubbs at the Days Inn Hotel in Conway in March of 2016.

The sentencing phase of the trial begins today. The jury of seven women and five men will determine whether Gardner receives life in prison without parole or death.

Gardner’s case is the first in at least 30 years in which Faulkner County prosecutors are asking jurors for the death penalty.

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