Special judge requested: Jackson recuses himself from Hagler case

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson has recused himself from hearing the case of a Berryville man who is charged with negligent homicide in connection with an accident that claimed the life of a Missouri woman.

In an order filed Tuesday, July 31, Jackson recuses himself from the case of Neal Hagler and asks the Administrative Office of the Courts to appoint a special judge to preside in the case.

Hagler, 19, 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’s order came two weeks after prosecutors filed a motion on July 17 requesting his recusal.

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.”

Hagler was scheduled for arraignment on Monday, July 23, but that hearing has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31. It’s unclear if Jackson’s recusal will affect the timing of the arraignment.

Jackson set bond for Hagler at $50,000 on June 28 and ordered that in the event Hagler makes bond, he will be on house arrest with an ankle monitor and that he submit to weekly drug tests.

Hagler, who is represented by attorney Chris Flanagin, was still in custody at the Carroll County Detention Center as of Thursday afternoon.

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