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Construction Projects, Courtroom Trials Headline New Year in NWA

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Five accused killers are scheduled to stand trial within the first four months of 2014, and construction is set to begin and finish for multiple projects.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- From construction crews to courtrooms.

The 2014 docket for Northwest Arkansas seems to be headlined by tools, and trials.

First, rundown of the scheduled court dates:

In the first four months, five accused killers are scheduled to stand trial.

Jan. 27 -- Eric Frankenhauser -- for the 2012 Fayetteville murder of Jessica Stewart.

Feb 3 -- Mandrake Patterson -- for killing his wife and mother in law in Greenland a year ago.

Also appearing before a jury in February -- Juan Perez-Lopez. Police say he stabbed his mechanic to death in Springdale last February.

March 10 -- Rico Cohn -- he's suspected of Nina Ingram's 2006 murder.

And April 15th -- A death sentence will be on the line for Jersey Bridgeman's accused killer, Zachary Holly.

"We can't turn back the clock, so the only thing that we can do is go forward and come to the best resolution that our laws and courts will allow," says Bentonville police chief Jon Simpson in a November 2013 interview.

From behind bars, to brick and mortar.

The year 2014 also promises to be a year of building.

Bentonville will see the beginnings of its second high school.

The new and improved Arkansas Music Pavilion will debut in Rogers this summer.

Football season will feature a new stadium in Springdale.

And traffic will travel more lightly in Fayettetville, as the flyover is expected to be finished in May.

It's a new year for NWA that already looks to be full of opportunity for both growth and justice.

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