Judge David Reynolds of Faulkner County handed down the first grant of relief on a Rule 37 petition on the last day of his circuit court position. Judge Reynolds is now transitioning into the role of judge at the district court level in Faulkner County. On this final day he ordered that Darnell Porter be given a new trial due to his trial counsel’s ineffectiveness. Specifically, he found that the failure to sever the charges possibly led to Porter’s convictions and 45 year sentence.
Porter will now be brought back to Faulkner County to receive a fair trial and hopefully a better result. The order can be found here.