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A pool of 65 persons were on hand for selection in the trial of Judge Naramore, who is charged with negligent homicide in the death of his 18-monthold son Thomas. who died July 24, 2015, after being left in a hot car.
Jury selection was proceeding at 5 p.m. Monday and was expected to go a few more hours or continue until Tuesday.
Update: Jury selection was complete after about 10 hours. A jury of six men and six women with one male alternate was seated. The trial will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday with instructions to the jury and opening statements. The judge’s definition of “negligent,” expected to be given in the jury instructions, may be of particular importance.
The prosecution is being handled by special prosecutor Scott Ellington, the 2nd Judicial District prosecuting attorney, and his team of Crittenden County deputy prosecuting attorneys, Tom Young and Charles Finkenbinder.
Both Ellington and Judge Langston were appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court.
The prosecution has said that Naramore’s son died after being left in the car on July 24 for several hours after the judge forgot to drop him off at daycare in Hot Springs, Ark.
Judge Naramore is being represented by Patrick Benca, a Little Rock attorney who has stated that the incident was “a tragedy but not a crime.”
Naramore. who is a Garland County Juvenile Circuit Court Judge, has been suspended from his duties with pay while the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disabilities Commission investigates whether he is fit to serve.
Naramore is free on $5,000 bond. If convicted he could serve a year in prison and pay a $2,500 fine.