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BackHomeFest 2015“Back Home Fest” opens at noon Saturday, Aug. 22, in Mammoth Spring, Ark.
BackHomeFest 2Mammoth Spring, Ark. — Matt Huff’s 5th Annual “Back Home Fest” opens up at noon this Saturday, Aug. 22, in the field next to Cotham’s Auction located on south U.S. Highway 63.
Huff, a singer/songwriter, comes home to Mammoth Spring every year and puts on a music festival.
This year he has gathered a group of young performers who are working their way up in the music business. Festival performers are: Jenn Bostic, Big Chuk, the group Maybe April, Stuart Thomas, Lance Carpenter, Heath DeLoach and Ray Fulcher.
Matt Huff will also be on the play bill. Show starts at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased online at MatthewHuffOfficial.com.

Albuquerque police officer and ex-detective bound over on murder charges

James Boyd

James Boyd

Albuquerque, N.M. — A judge has ruled this week that a police officer and a former detective will go to trial charged with second degree murder of James Boyd, 38, a homeless man they were apprehending for camping illegally in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains.
Following a two-week preliminary hearing Officer Dominique Perez and former detective Keith Sandy were bound over for trial by Judge Pro Tem Neil Candelaria. When the shooting occurred in 2014 massive protests were held.
Boyd, who was described as schizophrenic, died in a hospital of his wounds following the shooting.
The prosecution said that because Boyd was shot in the back and side he was not a threat to police when he was shot. The police were accused of a “paramilitary response”
When the shooting occurred the Albuquerque police were under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for their use of force. More than 40 police shootings had been recorded here since 2010.
Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez

Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez

Ruling date set on change of venue and bond reduction for Michael Amick accused grandmother killer

Michael Amick

Michael Amick

Alton, Mo. — A motion hearing has been set for Michael Amick for rulings on requests for his bond reduction and a change of venue for his murder trial. The new hearing date is Aug. 28 at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Don Henry.
A trial date was expected to be set for Amick last Friday but it did not happen.
Amick had his 2008 conviction on a second degree murder charge overturned by the Missouri Supreme Court this June and will be given a new trial on first degree murder and arson charges for the murder of his wife’s grandmother and setting the house she was in on fire in Myrtle, Mo
The defendant is represented by Steven Lyxwiler and Jordan Cantoni
Amick is currently here in the Oregon County Jail but had been serving a life sentence plus seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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