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Judge Wade Naramore

Judge Wade Naramore

Garland County, Ark. — A Garland County Juvenile Court Judge today pled not guilty to a charge of negligent homicide in the death of his 2-year-old son.
Judge Wade Naramore pled not guilty in front of Circuit Court Judge John Langston, who set a June 3 pre-trial hearing date and a June 14 trial date with four days set aside for the proceeding.
The case is being prosecuted by Scott Ellington and his team of Crittenden County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Young and Craighead County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Charles Finkenbinder. Second Judicial District Prosecutor Ellington was appointed to the case, and Langston is a retired Circuit Court Judge appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court.
Judge Wade Naramore allegedly left his son Thomas in a car on July 24, 2015.
Thomas Naramore

Thomas Naramore

Prosecutors say Naramore’s son died after he was left in a car for several hours after the Judge forgot to drop him off at daycare in Hot Springs, Ark.
Judge Naramore was arrested in February and is free on a $5,000 bond. He has been suspended from his post as juvenile court judge with pay by the Arkansas Supreme Court while the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission investigates whether or not he is “fit to serve.”
Should he be convicted, he will serve a year in prison and pay a $2,500 fine.
Scott Ellington was appointed special prosecutor in the case last July, and Judge John Langston was also specially appointed to hear the case.
Naramore is represented by Patrick Benca of the law firm of Benca and Benca of Little Rock, Ark.

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