A man convicted in the brutal murder of a young girl more than 30 years ago could receive a new sentence, but his attorney questions if he’s fit to stand trial.
Christopher Segerstrom was sentenced to life without parole in 1987 when he was 15 years old.
He was found guilty of murdering 4-year-old Barbara Thompson.
Segerstrom took the girl into a wooded area behind the Lewis Plaza apartments in Fayetteville. He sexually assaulted her, bashed her head in with a rock and suffocated her.
Segerstrom, 48, will get a new trial after the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled in February that he shouldn’t have been sentenced to life without parole as a minor.
His murder conviction will stand, but a judge or jury will decide if he’ll instead serve 10 to 40 years or life with the possibility of parole.
Segerstrom attorney Kent McLemore said his client needs an evaluation before a trial to see if he’s mentally fit.
Washington County prosecutor Matt Durrett said he doesn’t believe Segerstrom can be rehabilitated and will remain a danger to society.