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Funeral arrangements set for slain sheriff's deputy

Lafayette Sheriff's Office
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 5:52pm

Funeral arrangements have been set for Pete Richardson, a 19 year veteran of the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office.

The memorial will be Saturday, March 22 at the First Baptist Church in Stamps, AR. That's at 315 Church St. The service will start at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Springhill Christian Church Building Fund, 308 Eleventh Northeast Street, Springhill, Louisiana, 71075. That's where Richardson attended church.

Chief Deputy Richardson was killed Tuesday afternoon while driving a homeless man, Michael Ackart of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to a shelter in Texarkana. Witnesses say Ackart grabbed the steering wheel, forcing the car into oncoming traffic. Ackart has been charged with 2nd degree murder, but that could be upgraded to first degree murder.

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