Taylor v. State (Majority)Annotate this Case
After a bench trial, Appellant was convicted of carrying a weapon in violation of Ark. Code Ann. 5-73-120. Appellant appealed, arguing, among other things, that the circuit court erred in failing to obtain a valid jury-trial waiver before proceeding to a bench trial. The Supreme Court agreed and reversed Appellant’s conviction, holding that, because the record revealed that there was no written waiver of a jury trial and no waiver of a jury trial made in open court, Appellant’s conviction must be reversed and the case remanded for a new trial. Remanded.