Saline County - Excerpts from Obstruction of Justice


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Linda Ives, mother of Kevin Ives




























































Dan Harmon (right) Richard Garrett (left)






























Keith Coney






























T.V. Reporter (news footage)
"Mrs. Alexander says her son knew the two teenagers run over by the train, and she says he indicated to her he had been there when the boys had died. . . that he spotted two attackers."






























Keith Coney's Mother (news footage)
". . . he knew there was two there. I did try to get him to tell me who, and he was either afraid or didn't now."






























November, 1988
Keith McKaskle
Keith McKaskle, who was allegedly at the tracks that night, turned over information he had about the boys' murders to Richard Garrett. Believing he had talked to the wrong people, McKaskle had made his own funeral arrangements, told family and friends good bye, and within days was murdered himself - stabbed 113 times. His murder remains unsolved.






























Harmon, Garrett, and members of the Arkansas police suddenly found themselves in the awkward position of having to try and convince the public that the deaths of these key witnesses, coming at a crucial point in the investigations, were merely a coincidence.






























Richard Garrett, Interview (news footage)
Richard Garrett: "I think that Mr. McKaskle was probably suffering from a lot of paranoia, and right now the indications are that nobody else was involved."
Richard Garrett: "I'm sure there was a reason for his paranoia."
Reporter: "Because he had talked to the police or the prosecutor?
Richard Garrett: "I don't know that that would be the reason" 






























November, 1988
Keith McKaskle
Keith McKaskle, who was allegedly at the tracks that night, turned over information he had about the boys' murders to Richard Garrett. Believing he had talked to the wrong people, McKaskle had made his own funeral arrangements, told family and friends good bye, and within days was murdered himself - stabbed 113 times. His murder remains unsolved.
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INTERVIEW (news footage)
Dan Harmon, Saline County Prosecutor
Reporter: "What about the murder. Is it connected at all with the grand jury investigation?"
Dan Harmon: "Not that we know of."






























Don Birdsong, Arkansas State Police (news footage)






























Those believing in a massive cover-up by police and elected officials, which included the possible murders of witnesses, watched in horror as the death toll continued to climb.































"The people whose testimony might have solved this case years ago have systematically been eliminated. There apparently was a great deal of fear that these people could implicate very powerful players."






























The eight-month-long grand jury investigation into Kevin and Don's murders came to an abrupt halt December 31, 1988. Last minute legal maneuvering by Harmon, Garrett, and presiding judge, John Cole, prevented the jurors from revealing their findings in the final report. The men and women of the grand jury were sent home frustrated that they had not been allowed to do their job."






























Doug Krile, KARK, NEWS 4
"The Saline County special grand jury has now disbanded. Three hours ago, it delivered its final report on the deaths of two teenage boys, but the grand jury was not allowed to do what it wanted."































THE WALL STREET JOURNAL says.... "Above all, the 'train deaths' case opens
a window into the seamy world of Arkansas drugs."


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