Arkansas Courts

A suspended Arkansas judge has pleaded not guilty to a negligent homicide charge filed after his son was found dead in a hot car.

 

Garland County Circuit Judge Wade Naramore is accused in the death of his 18-month-old, Thomas, last July. He entered a plea Friday and a trial was set for June 14.

 

Arrest records say Naramore told investigators he forgot to drop his son off at day care and left him in the back seat of a hot car for about five hours. The child died at the scene.

 

Luther Sutter Dennis Milligan
KATV, Channel 7 News

Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan and an attorney representing a former state employee in a defamation lawsuit have decided not to seek arrest warrants for each other related to their shoving match last month.

Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley says both Milligan and attorney Luther Sutter gave statements about the Feb. 9 incident and the office issued complaints against each of the men. Jegley says neither decided to seek charges.

Federal prosecutors say a former Arkansas circuit judge is switching legal arguments in an effort to withdraw his guilty plea and avoid sentencing in a federal bribery case.

Former Judge Michael Maggio admitted in January 2015 to allegations that he had accepted $50,000 in campaign donations from an unnamed nursing home owner and a lobbyist in exchange for reducing a $5.2 million jury award in a negligence case involving one of the nursing home owner's facilities.

A race for Chief Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court has drawn record-breaking amounts of spending as a current Associate Justice on the court and a circuit Judge contend for the seat.

wade naramore
Arkansas Times

The chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court has assigned a judge to preside over the case of a suspended judge who is charged in his son's death.

The Sentinel-Record reports that retired Circuit Judge John Langston will preside over Division 2 Circuit Judge Wade Naramore's trial.

William Asa Hutchinson III
Washington County Sheriff's Office

The son of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 40-year-old William Asa Hutchinson III of Rogers pleaded not guilty Monday in Fayetteville District Court. He also faces charges of careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test.

State Police say the governor's son was arrested Jan. 24 on Interstate 49 in Fayetteville by a trooper who responded to a single-vehicle crash and found the younger Hutchinson uninjured in the vehicle.

The next court hearing for a Searcy man accused of killing his 2-year-old son in 2014 has been delayed after his defense attorney requested a psychiatric evaluation of his client.

The Daily Citizen reports that Jeffery Clifton's next pretrial hearing had been scheduled for Monday, but all court appearances and motion requests have been put on hold due to defense attorney Ronald L. Davis' request.

Prosecutor Becky McCoy says it could be months before Clifton's next court appearance.

Federal prosecutors say a former Arkansas circuit judge who wants to withdraw his guilty plea to a bribery charge had violated the terms of his plea agreement about a month before asking to enter a new plea.

A motion to withdraw the plea of former Judge Michael Maggio says there is no evidence the bribe involved government business as required under the charge, that the U.S. attorney threatened to prosecute his wife and said the case should be dismissed.

wade naramore
Garland Co. Sheriff's Office

The Arkansas Supreme Court has temporarily suspended a judge charged with negligent homicide in the death of his son, who was left in the back seat of a hot car last summer.

The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission recommended earlier this week that Circuit Judge Wade Naramore be suspended with pay until the resolution of the criminal charge. The suspension will last through a separate commission investigation to determine if he is fit to serve.

Naramore's 18 month-old son died in July from excessive heat after being left in Naramore's car for about five hours.

A judicial ethics panel is asking to suspend an Arkansas judge charged with negligent homicide in the death of his son, who was left in the back seat of a hot car last summer.

The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission voted Tuesday to recommend that the Arkansas Supreme Court suspend Circuit Judge Wade Naramore until the resolution of the charge, which was filed this month in the July death of his 18-month-old son. Naramore would also be suspended during an investigation by the commission to determine whether he violated judicial conduct and whether he is fit to serve.

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