Not guilty, Hagler pleads
Neal Hagler, the 19-year-old Berryville man who is charged with negligent homicide in connection with a June accident that resulted in the death of a Missouri woman, pleaded not guilty during a brief appearance Friday, Aug. 31, in Carroll County Circuit Court.
Hagler appeared with his attorney, Chris Flanagin, before special judge Gary Arnold of Saline County, who is presiding over the case after Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson recused himself.
Wearing jeans and a T-shirt, Hagler waited quietly on a bench in the courtroom until his case was called. He was accompanied by several supporters. He is free on a $50,000 bond but is under house arrest and is wearing an ankle monitor as a condition of his release.
Arnold accepted Haglerís plea and scheduled a pretrial hearing for Oct. 26 in Berryville.
In addition to the negligent homicide charge, Hagler also is charged with 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.
All of the charges except for the negligent homicide charge originally were filed in district court, but were transferred to circuit court in an Aug. 24 order issued by District Judge Dale Ramsey.
The charges stem from the June 22 accident that occurred on Carroll County Road 428. A passenger in Haglerís vehicle, 20-year-old Destiny Mock of Eagle Rock, Mo., died in a Springfield, Mo., hospital two days after the accident.