A Pottsville man set to stand trial this week facing the felony charges of four counts Sexual Assault in the Second Degree, will not appear before a jury in Pope County Circuit Court after he was found deceased at his home on Tuesday morning.
The State of Arkansas versus Glenn Martin Heaton jury trial was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 and was anticipated to continue for three days.
At approximately 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, September 28, 2021, officers with the Pottsville Police Department were dispatched to Glenn Heaton’s residence located on Maggie Loop, to conduct a welfare check on him after his defense attorney Michael Robbins was unable to make contact with his client.
Upon arriving at Heaton’s residence, officers attempted to make contact with Heaton, but after their efforts were unsuccessful, they forced entry into the home. After officers made entry, they located Heaton and requested the response of Pope County EMS.
Upon the arrival of EMS personnel, Heaton was determined to be deceased and the Pope County Coroner’s Office was dispatched to respond to the scene. Following the arrival of the Pope County Coroner’s Office, Heaton was pronounced by Pope County Coroner Danny White.
According to the coroner, no foul play is suspected in the incident.
Visitation and funeral arrangements have been announced by Shinn’s Funeral Home.
Glenn Martin Heaton, 76 of Pottsville was arrested by the Arkansas State Police on Friday, August 7, 2020 after allegations were made concerning him having sexual contact with a child under the age of 14.
Heaton was arrested and accused of the charges Rape and Sexual Assault in the Second Degree. According to documents filed in Pope County Circuit Court on August 18, 2021, Heaton’s charges were amended to four counts Sexual Assault in the Second Degree, Class B felonies.
After being taken into custody on August 7, 2020, Heaton was booked into the Pope County Detention Center and a felony hold was placed on him for the charges. Heaton remained in custody awaiting his appearance in a felony bond hearing and the following Monday, he appeared before the judge. During the bond hearing, probable cause was determined in holding him on the charges and Heaton was ordered to be held on a $100,000 bond. Heaton posted bond that afternoon and was released from the jail, on pretrial release pending his next court date.
According to documents filed in Pope County Circuit Court, despite Heaton admitting to many of the allegations during an interview with investigators, telling investigators where the incidents had occurred and stating that he told the alleged victim “not to tell anyone or they wouldn’t be able to see each other anymore,” Attorney Michael Robbins filed an Entry of Appearance, Waiver of Formal Arraignment and Plea of Not Guilty in Pope County Circuit Court just before 5 p.m. on August 10, 2020. Attorney Robbins then requested a trial date to be set in the matter on Heaton’s behalf.
Since August of 2020, the jury trial has been rescheduled many times after several Orders of Continuance were filed in Pope County Circuit Court on Heaton’s behalf by Attorney Robbins.
On September 20, 2021, 13 months after his arrest, Heaton appeared in a pretrial hearing that was held in Pope County Circuit Court and his jury trial was set to begin on Tuesday, September 28 at 1 p.m. and it would continue through September 30.
To read previously published stories concerning this case, click the links under the titles below.
74-year-old Russellville man arrested accused of Rape, Sexual Assault against a minor https://www.rivervalleynow.com/local_news/74-year-old-russellville-man-arrested-accused-of-rape-sexual-assault-against-a-minor/article_65dff71c-dc0b-11ea-bea4-27a4ba74f154.html
Jury trial setting conference scheduled for 74-year-old charged with Rape and Sexual Assault https://www.rivervalleynow.com/local_news/jury-trial-setting-conference-scheduled-for-74-year-old-charged-with-rape-and-sexual-assault/article_053a05c8-f9fc-11eb-ae4b-7b23f4306837.html