Trial for man accused of killing farmer in herbicide dispute

     LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A trial date has been set for a man accused of fatally shooting a northeast Arkansas farmer over a dispute about herbicide use.
     The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Missouri resident Allan Curtis Jones will stand trial March 13 in the death of 55-year-old Monette resident Mike Wallace.
     Circuit Judge Melissa Bristow Richardson also set a plea date of March 6 for Jones. Jones will go to trial if he fails to reach a plea deal with prosecutors. Jones has pleaded not guilty.
     Wallace was fatally shot during an Oct. 27 dispute over the alleged illegal spraying of dicamba – an herbicide that can damage cotton and soybeans that aren't dicamba tolerant.
     Jones is the farm manager for a Missouri farmer who Wallace allegedly thought was responsible for damaging his crops.


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