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Bond Denied For Fired Policeman In Murder Case

July 31, 1987

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ An officer who was fired for allegedly using cocaine and subsequently was charged with capital murder was denied bond Friday.

Gregory Lamard Hampton, 24, was arrested Thursday night at his home by police detectives, according to Lt. R.L. Jenkins. Jenkins said Hampton was also charged with three counts of aggravated robbery.

Jenkins said this was apparently the first time a current or former Little Rock police officer had been charged with murder.

Municipal Judge Allan Dishongh declined to set bond for Hampton on Friday, and scheduled arraignment Monday.

Hampton was dismissed from the force June 9.

One of the robbery charges, Jenkins said, stems from the July 24 robbery of Solomon Dickerson, 63, of Mountain Home, who died the day after he was shot in a parking lot.

The armed robber demanded money, but Dickerson struggled and was shot, police said.

The other two robbery charges, Jenkins said, stem from an incident on July 23.

Hampton and two other policemen were dismissed, and a fourth officer resigned, after an internal investigation discovered they had used cocaine and marijuana, Police Chief Jess F. Hale said June 9.

Jenkins said Hampton’s dismissal from the police force is under appeal to the city’s Civil Service Commission.

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