Snell received life without parole for this murder. He was later convicted and sentenced to die for the murder of Bill Stumpp, a Texarkana, AR pawn shop owner in which this murder had gone unsolved for two years. It was because of the weapon he used to kill Trooper Bryant, came back stolen in the pawn shop robbery/murder that police were able to link Snell to Stumpp’s murder.
Snell would remain on death row until 1995, when he was executed on April 19, the same day of bombing of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Because of Snell’s ties with militia, early investigations looked for a link between the bombing and Snell’s execution.
As police officers, from the De Queen Police Department, who were to serve as pallbearers at Trooper Bryant’s funeral were traveling to Texarkana, four officers were killed when a driver lost control of his tractor-trailer rig on U.S. Highway 71. Trooper Bryant was survived by his wife, Wynona Bryant and two children, Louis Perry Bryant, II and Kimberly Nicole Bryant.
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