Monday, April 22, 2019

Rainwater Enters Not Guilty Plea in Lane Sr. Murder

Ricky Don Rainwater, Jr.

A Fort Smith man appeared in a Cherokee county courtroom last Thursday regarding first-degree murder charges.

Ricky Don Rainwater, Jr., 44, entered a not guilty plea before District Judge Douglas Kirkley on two counts, including first-degree murder and robbery by force or fear. A third count, larceny of an automobile, has been dropped, according to court records.

Rainwater, according to reports, has confessed to choking to death Larry Lane Sr., father of Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane Jr., on Aug. 31 at Lane’s home in Park Hill in Cherokee County. He then allegedly stole some of Lane’s belongings and fled out of state.

Rainwater was arrested by Memphis police after Cherokee County, Sequoyah County and OSBI investigators tracked receipts from Lane’s stolen credit card across two states. Lane’s stolen pickup truck was discovered in West Memphis, Ark., and officers found Rainwater in a mental health facility where he had admitted himself, according to Jack Thorp, District 27 District Attorney.

Crystal Jackson of Tahlequah, Rainwater’s attorney of record, has 30 days to file motions.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 30.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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