Free on bond: Special judge assigned to preside in Hagler case

Friday, August 17, 2018

A Berryville man who is charged with negligent homicide in connection with an accident that claimed the life of a Missouri woman was released on bond earlier this week, and a special judge has been assigned to preside over his case.

Neal Hagler, 19, was released from the Carroll County Detention Center on Monday, Aug. 13 after a Harrison bonding company posted his $50,000 bond. Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson set the bond amount on June 23 and also ordered that in the event Hagler posted bond, he will be on house arrest with an ankle monitor and submit to weekly drug tests.

Hagler is charged with negligent homicide, driving on a suspended license due to driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence/underage, possession of a controlled substance, purchase or possession by a minor and reckless driving. The charges stem from a June 22 accident that occurred on Carroll County Road 428. A passenger in Hagler’s vehicle, 20-year-old Destiny Mock of Eagle Rock, Mo., died in a Springfield, Mo., hospital two days after the accident.

Jackson recused himself from the case on July 31, two weeks after prosecutors filed a motion asking that he do so.

In that motion, prosecutors write that Jackson is “well-acquainted with the parents of the defendant” and that as a result “there is a danger that the Court may have difficulty avoiding the appearance of impropriety in these proceedings.”

On Aug. 2, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued an order assigning Saline County Circuit Judge Gary Arnold to preside over the case.

Hagler, who is represented by attorney Chris Flanagin, is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31.

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