A Desha County man scheduled to be tried Wednesday in Drew County for the alleged rape of a 7-year-old girl has been located with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober.
Scotty Earl Keeling, 40, was located Wednesday morning inside a vehicle on Sammy Ferrell Road off the Old Tillar Highway in McGehee, Gober said.
Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen said Keeling reportedly shot himself in the head with a small caliber handgun and is in grave condition. He was transported to a McGehee hospital then transferred to a Little Rock Hospital.
Circuit Judge Sam Pope Wednesday morning dismissed the jury, explaining what had occurred.