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Trial date set for Shreveport firefighters charged with cruelty

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(L-R) Randy Chandler; Derrick Harris; Jason Vaughan; Billy Glass (center); and Clint Richardson (Source: Caddo Parish Correctional Center) (L-R) Randy Chandler; Derrick Harris; Jason Vaughan; Billy Glass (center); and Clint Richardson (Source: Caddo Parish Correctional Center)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A trial date has been set for the Shreveport five firefighters accused of cruelty to the infirm.

Police said the accused firefighters from the city's Fire Station 8 subjected two disabled adults, who were regulars there, to cruel pranks over the last few years. The victims were allegedly left stranded on the roof of the fire station and forced to drink human urine.

The firefighters are also accused of chipping in to pay for a prostitute for one of the men described as severely mentally challenged.

All five men appeared in front of Caddo District Court Judge Ramona Manuel Wednesday and an August 18th trial date was set. The men face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Jason Vaughan, former engineers Clint Richardson and Billy Glass, and former captains Derrick Harris and Randy Chandler will all be tried separately.

While in court on Wednesday, the attorneys for all of the accused claimed the prosecution failed to turn over to them notes and transcripts, including dates and times of the alleged incidents. This information was gathered during interviews investigators had with the suspects before they were arrested.

"The only time that there would be a requirement that I disclose an investigator's notes is if those notes contain some favorable information to the defendant,"said Caddo Assistant District Attorney Dale Cox. 

Clint Richardson's defense attorney, Peter Flowers, said those notes contain the dates of the alleged incidents.

"They made some allegations about some things that they believed happened but they didn't tell us when these things were supposed to have happened," he said. "In fact, with several of the allegations, they couldn't even tell us what year they happened in."

Both sides will argue their position on that issue on during a hearing May 27. 

Meanwhile, Cox said setting a trial date was his number one goal.  

"These were public officials. They were firemen," he said. "They were being paid by the citizens. They were on duty when these events occurred. Their conduct represents a breach of the public trust."

The defense isn't sure all of the things police said happened were of a cruel nature.

"Some of these things may have occurred but we don't believe constitutes cruelty," Flower said. "A lot of things they are alleging happened in a good natured way, with no injury to anybody, with nobody being upset or unhappy. Fortunately for the defense in this country, the prosecution has to prove the case."

A June, 19 misdemeanor trial date has been set for the charges linked to the alleged hiring of a prostitute. Vaughan, Richardson, Glass and Harris were charged with that crime. Chandler who not.

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