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Mental illness issue to be raised in Michael Proffitt Jr. defense

Posted: February 26, 2013 at 3:29 p.m.

Defense attorneys representing a Rogers man accused of killing an 11-month-old boy will raise the issue of mental disease or defect to defend him. Michael Proffitt Jr., 38, is charged in connection with capital murder. He could be sentenced to life in prison without parole or the death penalty if convicted. Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Van Stone has said he will seek the death penalty. Proffitt is being held without bond in the Benton County Jail.

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