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Fire Station 8 update: Judge asked to throw out firefighter statements to police

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Clint Richardson, 26 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Clint Richardson, 26 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Jason Farrington Vaughan, 34 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center) Jason Farrington Vaughan, 34 (Source: Caddo Correctional Center)
Billy Glass, 37 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Billy Glass, 37 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
Derrick N. Harris, 50 (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Derrick N. Harris, 50 (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A Caddo Parish judge is set to make a ruling next month on motions to throw out the statements of some of the Shreveport firefighters accused in connection with a sex and abuse scandal at Fire Station 8. 

Jason Vaughan, former engineers Clint Richardson and Billy Glass, and former captains Derrick Harris and Randy Chandler accused of abusing two adults with disabilities at Fire Station 8. Police say they subjected two adults who were regular visitors there to cruel pranks over the last few years. Among other things, the victims were allegedly left stranded on the roof of the fire station and forced to drink human urine. All but Chandler are also accused of paying a prostitute to have sex with one of the developmentally disabled men.

Richardson's attorney Peter Flowers is among those asking for his client's interview with investigators to be thrown out because it was four hours long, and because of how long it took for Richardson to be read his rights. Attorneys for Glass and Vaughn are also asking for their client's statements to be tossed, for a variety of reasons. 

Flowers says Richardson was told by investigators that if he made a mistake during his written statement to mark through it and put his initials above whatever he added. There was a sentence in the statement where Richardson named firefighters involved in the scandal, and according to Flowers, "and I" was added to that statement. He says it doesn't have Richardson's initials and his client says he doesn't remember adding it. On the stand, Richardson testified that some of the letters written on the statement don't look like his handwriting. 

Flowers suggested in court that prosecutors are trying to set his client up for perjury. 

Judge Emanuel did grant a motion on Friday asking for the prosecution to turn their notes over to the defense. He is expected to rule on the motions to suppress the firefighters' statements to police at a hearing set for July 18.

An August 18 trial date was set earlier this year. The men face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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