Murder trial postponed again

A trial for Elizabeth Haynie, 36, of Camden, who is facing a charge of first-degree murder for her alleged role in her husband's killing, has been postponed for a second time.

Haynie is suspected in the Sept. 6, 2021 murder of her husband, Jerome Haynie. According to a police report, after police found Jerome Haynie dead at their home, Elizabeth Haynie told police she and her husband were arguing, he pushed her and she grabbed a gun from a counter in their bedroom; then, "he pushed me and it went off."

Originally set for April, Haynie's trial was scheduled to begin this week, but due to unforeseen circumstances, prosecutors with the 13th Judicial District asked for a continuance in the case.

According to the continuance request, prosecutors learned on May 9 that Dr. Jennifer Forsyth, a medical examiner for the State of Arkansas, who performed the autopsy on Jerome Haynie, as well as a toxicology report, would be on leave this week, and thus unable to participate in the trial.

Haynie's defense attorney Randee Molsbee had no objection to the change in trial date, prosecutors said in the filing.

Margaret Wynne, a deputy prosecutor for the 13th district, confirmed on Friday afternoon that the trial had been moved.

In January, Christopher Shane Ethridge, who at that time was representing Haynie, withdrew after his client refused to sign a plea agreement that he said had been negotiated over several months.

Haynie was originally charged with manslaughter in the case, but the charges were upgraded to first-degree murder in February, 2022.

She is currently free on bond. Wynne said the new trial date has tentatively been set for August 22-23.

photo Elizabeth Haynie

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