Monday, November 8, 2021

Former Henderson State chemistry professor pleads guilty on Friday

Via the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network (article by Debra Hale-Shelton): 
...On the night of Oct. 7, 2019, a chemical spill occurred in Room 304 at Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center. The next day, a strong odor filled the building, forcing the school to evacuate the building and cancel classes. Weeks later, Terry David Bateman, 47, and Bradley Rowland, 42, were arrested and charged with manufacturing meth and other drug-related offenses.

But since then, the tale hasn’t followed a clear script. Last week, almost two years after his arrest, Bateman was acquitted of all charges by a Clark County Circuit Court jury, despite incriminating testimony from Rowland.

Then, on Friday, Rowland pleaded guilty in the same Arkadelphia courtroom to three felonies — manufacturing meth, drug paraphernalia use, and manufacture of a controlled substance, phenylacetone. Also known as P2P or phenyl-2-propanone, the substance is the penultimate chemical step in a common technique used to manufacture meth.

As part of a plea agreement, Rowland was sentenced to 120 days in the county jail and six years of supervised probation. 

The interplay between former professors Bateman and Rowland is yet unknown; I genuinely don't understand how you could have a safe in your office that you didn't know the contents of, but stranger things have happened. 


  1. it takes just one juror who has a doubt about the guilt. Maybe Rowland was not too convincing as a witness - remember, if he did not make a deal he was facing something like 20 years in jail, and he ended up with doing 4 months instead

  2. The story about the safe is plausible. I've inherited offices full of old files that I never fully went through, and was afraid to throw out in case I need them sometime. I've got some inherited, stored junk in my current office that could have a hidden drug stash for all I know.

  3. I have a locked filing cabinet in my office that I inherited, and have no key to!


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