(via KARK) — Tears fell as day two of the negligent homicide trial for a local judge continued Tuesday at the Garland County Courthouse.
Wade Naramore is facing a jury for the July 2015 hot car death of his 18-month-old son, Thomas.
During opening statements, Prosecutor Gina Knight began by saying “you’re gonna hear excuses” as to why the judge left his son in the car. “He failed to protect his 18-month old son,” she continued.
Knight told the court that Naramore went to work, to a spa for a gift certificate, to lunch, a meat market, Kroger, liquor store and then home with the child in the back seat that day.
Defense attorney Erin Cassinelli told jurors that “Wade was an amazing and very attentive father,” adding that Thomas “was their world” and that they “took every precaution” to ensure his safety. She continued by explaining that on the day Thomas died, Naramore was tired from staying up with his teething son, and was thinking about a violent defendant and his anniversary.
If you’re capable of misplacing your cellphone or leaving coffee on top of the car, you’re potentially capable of this, she added.
“Wade did not do or fail to do anything. His brain failed him,” she said. “We don’t convict people of crimes because of accidents.”
The defense then played audio from body cam recordings of an officer who arrived on the scene to find Naramore and his wife breaking down.
Naramore wept and was shaking as the recording played and held a prayer book. In the gallery, family members were also crying, as was Cassinelli.
The judge and several jurors also wiped away tears as they heard Naramore cry out on the recording “I killed my baby.”