- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A motion to dismiss charges against a suspended Garland County circuit judge in the death of his toddler son was denied during a hearing Tuesday in Garland County Circuit Court.

Attorneys for Judge Wade Naramore had argued that a detailed timeline of the day the child died lacked adequate evidence for a conviction and asked that the case be dismissed.

Online court records show special judge John Langston found that the prosecutors’ documents are sufficient and scheduled Naramore’s trial to start Aug. 15. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for July 29.

Naramore has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide in the July 24 death of his 18-month-old son, Thomas. His attorneys have said that the incident was “a tragedy but not a crime.”

In documents filed Monday, prosecutors said Naramore drove to his office and left the toddler in the back seat instead of following his daily routine of dropping his son off at a day care two blocks from the courthouse.

Naramore took a voluntary leave of absence several days after his son’s death, but he was suspended with pay by the Arkansas Supreme Court in February at the recommendation of the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

The case is being handled by a special prosecutor and a special judge after local officials recused themselves, citing their work with Naramore in the Garland County Circuit Court.

If convicted, Naramore faces up to a year in jail and a fine of $2,500.


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