Attorney claims new evidence in Farrow shooting case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Attorney claims new evidence in Farrow shooting case

Javier Bailey, the attorney for the family of DeAunta Farrow, has said for weeks he has new evidence to submit to the state.

Monday, Action News 5 learned more about that evidence.
 
"We have a bag of chips and a bottle of soda that was right there on the scene," Bailey said in an interview with Action News 5's Kontji Anthony.

West Memphis Police Officer Erik Sammis claims he thought 12-year-old DeAunta Farrow was holding a gun when he shot and killed the child.  Bailey, meanwhile, has long claimed Farrow was holding a bottle of Coke and a bag of potato chips in his hands.  According to Bailey, the gun, which turned out to be a toy, was in Farrow's waistband.

Bailey said he plans to submit testimony from new witnesses.

"There's one witness that says they heard the boy say. 'It's just a toy, it's just a toy,'" he said.

West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert said he could not comment on specifics of the open criminal investigation.  But Special Prosecutor H.G. Foster said the state of Arkansas is waiting to get the new evidence to determine if it's credible.

"For the sake of completeness, we need to have it so we can include it in the investigative file," Foster said.

Foster was anxious to move the case forward.

"Once we do have a chance to look at it, then we'll have a chance to close this thing out and wrap it up and hopefully, give people some closure," he said.

As far as the $125 million dollar civil case is concerned, Bailey said he would be taking sworn testimony Saturday from residents he claims have complaints against police.
   
Paudert says the department has no pattern of formal complaints.


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