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Oklahoma man jailed in Ark. deputy's death

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Michael Lee Ackart, 30 Michael Lee Ackart, 30
Chief Deputy Pete Richardson Chief Deputy Pete Richardson

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say an Oklahoma man has been jailed on a second-degree murder charge in the traffic death of a southwest Arkansas sheriff's deputy.

Lafayette County Chief Deputy Pete Richardson was killed Monday in a three-vehicle crash near Lewisville. According to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, Richardson was driving Michael Lee Ackart of Tulsa, Okla., to a homeless shelter in Miller County.

Authorities tell Shreveport, La., television station KSLA (http://bit.ly/Nqztcu ) that investigators believe Ackart reached over and grabbed the steering wheel as Richardson was driving, causing Richardson to swerve into oncoming traffic and crash into a vehicle.

Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a candidate for Sheriff in the upcoming election.

Ackart was taken to a Texarkana hospital and was later transported to the Miller County jail. Authorities did not know if he had an attorney.

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