• Dennis McCaslin

Negligent homicide suspect scheduled back in court Monday with public defender

A 24-year-old Pope County woman charged with Negligent Homicide in the vehicular death of five-year-old Josiah Garcia in which she was one of drivers of the two vehicles involved in a May 24 head-on collision in Russellville was scheduled to be back in court on Monday morning.

According to information from Arkansas Court Connect, Alexandra Caridad Suarez was due to appear in Pope County Circuit Court with her public defender as ordered by Judge James Dunham. The final disposition of charge report was posted on October 26 at the Pope County Circuit Clerk's office.

The court appearance was ordered by Dunham back on October 1. On that date, the court accepted the order of probable cause after information was submitted by the Russellville Police Department after toxicology returned from the State crime Lab disclosed the presence of benzodiazepines, cannabis, generic opioids and opiates in Suarez's system on the day of the accident.

She has remained in the Pope County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash-only bond since her arrest on the Class B Felony warrant on September 30, 130 days after the spring fatal accident.

Suarez was already out on bail from a previous drug arrest at the time of the accident. She was arrested on June 8 and charged with one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia from a separate incident and remained in the Johnson County Detention Center until being transferred to Pope County


Information obtained from a booking at the Johnson County Sheriff's Office indicates Suarez was arrested on May 22, two days before the fatal Russellville accident, for Failure to maintain Control and DWI in a one-vehicle accident that day.

She currently has three pending, open cases spanning four different felony charges.

Records indicated an arrest warrant that was issued April 12 for Suarez was served on May 27, three days after the fatal crash, for felony counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia and misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.

Suarez also has a past felony conviction f0r Breaking and Entering and Fraudulent use of a Credit Card from a 2016 arrest and plea deal that resulted in a 36-month prison sentence.

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