Trial set for man accused of fatally shooting firefighter

     LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An April trial has been set for a North Little Rock man accused of fatally shooting a volunteer firefighter who came to his rescue earlier this year.
     The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Barry Sims set an April 11 manslaughter trial for 48-year-old Mark Eugene Pruitt.
     Pruitt faces up to 10 years in prison over accusations that he fatally shot Ronald Jason Adams. Adams was responding to an emergency call for a man having a seizure and entered Pruitt's home.
     The judge also ruled that Pruitt is competent to stand trial after a mental evaluation by state doctors found that the self-employed car dealer isn't mentally ill.
     Pruitt told his examiners at the state hospital that he had accidentally shot Adams, mistaking him for an intruder.


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