- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorneys for a suspended Garland County circuit judge say they can’t provide a proper defense unless prosecutors explain what conscious actions were committed in the death of the defendant’s son in a hot car last summer.

Wade Naramore’s attorneys made this argument in court documents filed Monday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1qqMRAS ) reported. Last week, they also submitted a motion to suppress evidence collected, including Naramore’s statements to investigators, and called on the prosecution to immediately turn over undisclosed materials to the defense.

Thirty-six-year-old Naramore was arrested Feb. 11 and charged with negligent homicide in the July 24 death of his 17-month old son, Thomas. Authorities say Thomas died from excessive heat after being left in Naramore’s car.

Naramore’s jury trial is scheduled to begin June 14, and a pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 3.

The newspaper’s messages left for Scott Ellington, special prosecutor in the case, weren’t immediately returned as of late Monday. Defense attorney Patrick Benca declined to comment on the motions.

In the motion filed last week, the defense team said that evidence previously disclosed to the defense should be suppressed because it was “illegally obtained.” They said police failed to secure a proper search warrant and that the items seized weren’t discovered in plain view during inventory.

“There was no emergency which would justify the intrusion in this case,” Benca wrote in the motion to suppress.

Defense co-counsel Erin Cassinelli said that Naramore has yet to produce all discovery documents, despite the defense team’s numerous requests.

The defense is pushing for the case to be resolved as soon as possible.

“Not only does the Naramore family desperately need to move forward after the devastating loss of their child, but the public has a strong interest in the prompt disposition of this case,” Cassinelli said, noting that the state and county are spending money on the case.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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