A 29-year-old Arkansas man jailed here in Reno County is association with the alleged inappropriate involvement with a 10-year-old child may receive an additional mental evaluation
Dustin Kennedy was recently ordered to have a mental competency evaluation. But, even with the results, his defense attorney contends there needs to be another evaluation. So Judge Joe McCarville granted the defense request for them to try and hire another person to do another evaluation. There is some concern that he doesn’t understand why he is in jail and what he is charged with.
Kennedy is charged with aggravated criminal sodomy or in the alternative aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The alleged crime occurring back on November 10, 2011. Both charges are Jessica’s Law counts, meaning if convicted on either count, the sentence would be life in prison with no chance of parole for 25-years. He can only be found guilty on one of the counts, but not both.
Kennedy was living with his girlfriend and was alone with her child when the alleged crime occurred. The child apparently told her mother and she then confronted Kennedy. He then went to the hospital and asked for help and that’s when police got involved.
Judge Joe McCarville set another hearing for November 14.