Attorneys for the former Shreveport firefighters accused of abusing two mentally-challenged men at station 8 last year, say they're missing evidence from the state.
Wednesday in court, the attorneys for Billy Glass, Clint Richardson, Jason Vaughan and Randy Chandler say they requested evidence from the Caddo District Attorney’s Office months ago, and for whatever reason they don't have it.
The first firefighter arrested in the station 8 scandal, Derrick Harris, was not present due to his attorney, John Settle, having a family medical emergency.
Among requested evidence is all recorded statements taken from potential witnesses and a medical report that confirms the mental status of the alleged victims.
Without that evidence, the four attorneys say they can’t properly defend their clients.
"There's the, you know, all these incidents that they claimed that occurred, that they have yet to tell us exactly when and where, all that's supposed to have happened, and who's supposed to be involved, you know?” says Pete Flowers, attorney for Clint Richardson. “There's quite a bit of discovery that's outstanding that we have yet to receive."
Attorney Stehen Glassell says he requested evidence in September 2013.
"Were these guys really mentally infirmed? What was their IQ? What are they saying happened?” says Glassell. “I mean, that's all very important information that we're entitled to know in trial preparation."
The state has until March 21, 2014, to get all requested evidence to the defense attorneys.
Caddo Parish Assistant Dist. Attorney Dale Cox also proposed putting the state’s lead witness, Captain Rusty Canton, on the witness stand today instead of waiting until the actual trial.
Judge Ramona Emanuel denied that proposal, saying the court sees no legal basis in getting his testimony right now, and the request for discovery items has not been satisfied.
That means the court won't hear Capt. Canton’s account of what happened until the actual trial date.
Along accusations of cruel pranks, Harris, Glass, Richardson and Vaughan are also accused of paying a prostitute to have sex with one of the alleged victims. All four men are facing charges of cruelty to the infirm and principal to prostitution.
Randy Chandler is only facing a charge of cruelty to the infirm.
All five former firefighters are scheduled to be back in court on April 2nd for another hearing. A trial date has not yet been set.