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Former Ark. Police Officer Arrested in Murder-Conspiracy Case

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - A former Pine Bluff police officer has been arrested on probable cause of conspiracy to commit capital murder.

Jimmy Frizielle, who resigned from the police department Aug. 18, was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday as he left the parking lot of the Jefferson Square Shopping Center.

He remained in the Jefferson County Jail on Thursday, pending the filing of formal charges in the murder-for-hire conspiracy case.

Prosecutor Steve Dalrymple said Frizielle was arrested by police and FBI agents after money was exchanged on the shopping center parking lot. Authorities say Frizielle received a sizable amount of money from an informant.

Dalrymple said the investigation began several weeks ago when an informant contacted authorities about the alleged murder scheme. The prosecutor would not release the name of the informant or the alleged victim nor would he say how much money was recovered when Frizielle was arrested.

After the arrest, crime scene technicians looked over Frizielle's pickup truck on the parking lot.

Frizielle had been a police officer since September 2000 and also previously worked for the city fire department.

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