NARAMORE PRETRIAL HEARING ARGUES ABOUT LOST EVIDENCE

Today proved to be a very long day in the pre-trial hearing for Judge Wade Naramore in the hot car death of his son, Thomas. Naramore is charged with negligent homicide after the death was ruled the result of heat exposure in July last year.

Four people took the stand today, three from the Hot Springs Police Department and one from the State Crime Lab. The hearing, which was requested by the defense team, was to discuss evidence that was allegedly lost.

A detective reportedly went to the court house where he obtained the video showing Naramore showing up for work, going into court and returning to his car about 3 hours later without noticing that his son was in the back seat. The detective reportedly put the video on a USB drive which also contained 1000’s of other things from different crimes that he was investigating. When the detectives went back to retrieve it months later, in May, the video was no longer there. Both the City of Hot Springs IT Department and the State Crime Lab attempted to retrieve the video but were only able to obtain about a minute of what they think is footage from the same day, although they are not sure that the footage is indeed from that day.

Defense attorneys argued that the video should not be allowed into evidence. Defense says that they requested the footage in March and then again, officially, in May, but have not received the video. Defense Attorney, Erin Cassinelli, stated that “they can’t have the benefit of testifying to a video that they sort of watched…this just benefits the state.”

Speculation surrounds that the detective allegedly destroyed the evidence, possibly on purpose.

The Prosecution says that “today was all smoke and mirrors” and that they anticipate that “they won’t mention the video but they will see what the judge rules and how they move forward.” The Prosecution says that the video is “simply a time line”.

The judge ruled today that he will make a ruling on the video evidence when this goes to trial August 15th. A jury has not yet been selected.

 

HSPD on the Look Out for Runaway (Press Release)

PRESS RELEASE
The Hot Springs Police Department is attempting to locate a runaway juvenile, Hayleigh Hathcock (W/F, 05/24/00). Hathcock was originally listed as a runaway out of Saline County and was located in Hot Springs on 05/01/20016. Hathcock was transported to the Garland County Juvenile Detention Center, however she fled from the Juvenile Detention Center’s lobby and has not been not been found since then. Due to Hayleigh’s social media activity, it is believed she may be with relatives in the Donaldson or Malvern, Arkansas area.
Hayleigh is described as a white female approximately 5’05”, 170lbs, with a heavy build, long blonde hair in a ponytail, nose ring, and a lip ring. Hayleigh was last seen wearing pink pajama type pants with black designs and a pink T-shirt. If you have any information about Hayleigh Hathcock, please notify Detective Patrick Langley of the Hot Springs PD at 501-321-6789 ext. 6792.

MALVERN WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO USING FALSE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO FILE BANKRUPTCY PETITION

Texarkana, Arkansas – Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Calandra Lock, age 40, of Malvern, Arkansas, pled guilty today to one count of using a False Social Security Number in order to file a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court. The plea was accepted by the Honorable Susan O. Hickey in the U.S. District Court in Texarkana.

Ms. Lock’s plea agreement revealed that she deceived an attorney into filing a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Petition by providing the attorney with a false name and social security number. The Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Petition was filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Texarkana Division.

This case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Claude Hawkins is prosecuting the case for the United States.

Related court documents may be found on the Public Access to Electronic Records website @ www.pacer.gov.

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