Bond hearing held for two teens in Lt. Weatherford case

Bond hearing held for Lt. Weatherford murder case suspects

NEWPORT, Ark. (KTHV) -- The teen that investigators believe killed Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford is being held with no bond.

Lieutenant Weatherford was a 15 year veteran with the Newport Police Department. He was shot and killed while responding to a call last month.

Both 16-year-old Derrick Heard and 18-year-old Tyler Calamese appeared in court Friday afternoon for a bond hearing. Heard is being charged as an adult with capital murder while Calamese is accused of giving Heard the handgun that took Lt. Weatherford’s life.

“Just happy I didn’t get charged with it," said Calamese as he walked into the court room.

Tyler Calamese is relieved he's not facing a capitol murder charge. More eyes now turn to 16-year-old Derrick Heard, who is now charged with firing the fatal shot that killed Lieutenant Weatherford. He's also charged with attempted capital murder and other charges including possession of a handgun.

“I’ve been asked to represent him by the public defenders commission so I don’t have a lot of information," said Heard’s defense attorney, Ronald Davis.

No bond was set for Heard, but a $5,000 bond was set for Calamese. That’s much lower than the prosecutors’ $50,000 bond request. The judge said because he turned himself in the day of the murder and has been in jail for nearly two months, she chose the lower bond.

"My son has sit there for 50 days almost while the killer walk free, that’s not cool," said Calamese’s mother, Shanika Reynolds. “They didn’t do this investigation from the beginning right and if Patrick was here today, he'd be on our side."

Calamese’s family planned to bond him out following the hearing.

"I’m happy. I’m blessed," said Calamese.

Heard and Calamese are set to appear back in court August 3.

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