|Saturday, May 31, 1997
Witness recalls Harmon offer that $10,000, night in bed would free her
An Indiana woman on Friday recalled a proposition that former
Prosecuting Attorney Dan Harmon once made her: $10,000 and a
night in bed together in exchange for her husband's freedom.
"Dan said, 'Well, if you can't come up with more money, then
the only other way to get him out of jail is to spend the night
with me,''' Tina Davis testified.
In one of the 11 charges he's facing, Harmon is accused of
asking Davis for money and sex in exchange for dropping state
drug charges against Davis' ex-husband Patrick. Patrick Davis is
expected to testify next week.
The accusation also is listed as part of a racketeering
charge that alleges Harmon ran his office as a corrupt
organization in violation of federal law. Ten acts are listed in
the racketeering charge.
Davis' testimony came in the fourth day of Harmon's trial,
sandwiched between that of other witnesses who claimed to have
bribed Harmon to get out of serving time and to have seen him
obtain methamphetamine from a convicted drug dealer.
Davis also testified that she saw Harmon use drugs during
their meeting at the prosecuting attorney's office in March 1993.
At the time, Harmon was prosecuting attorney for Hot Spring,
Grant and Saline counties.
"He reached into a drawer in his desk and pulled out a tray
with cocaine in it,'' she recalled. "He did a line of cocaine in
Davis' testimony contradicted an earlier statement by
Harmon's attorney, Lea Ellen Fowler, who predicted during opening
arguments that the only person who would testify that Harmon used
drugs was Holly DuVall, Harmon's ex-wife whom Fowler blamed for
her client's predicament.
Davis said she came to Arkansas after receiving a phone call
from her then-husband, who was jailed after a traffic stop. She
said she saw Patrick in jail and he directed her to get $10,000
and take it to Harmon.
After collecting the money in $5, $10 and $20 bills from
relatives and friends in Indiana, Davis said, she went to
"I went into his office with him, and he closed the door. He
told me there had been a problem and Patrick wasn't getting out
of jail,'' she said. "Dan Harmon said Patrick had tried to make a
weapon the previous night or sometime before. Later, he changed
the story and said Patrick had tried to commit suicide.''
Davis said that was when Harmon told her she needed to come
up with more than $10,000. She said she told the prosecutor she
didn't have any more money.
"At that time, Dan Harmon asked me if I would spend the night
with him at the hotel and we would work it out in the morning,''
Davis testified that in the end Harmon accepted the $10,000,
and she and her husband were told to a sign papers indicating
that the money had been found on them during the drug bust and
was a legitimate forfeiture. That document, signed by Harmon and
Roger Walls, the former head of the 7th Judicial District Drug
Task Force, was displayed in court.
Walls also faces charges, including racketeering and
extortion, and is scheduled to be tried in January 1998 with
another co-defendant, Bill Murphy, who was a defense attorney in
some cases handled by Harmon.
Davis said she asked Harmon when they would have to return
"He told me we wouldn't receive any paperwork and not to ever
come back, not to even drive through the state of Arkansas,'' she
Another prosecution witness, Jack Wooten, testified that he
heard Harmon agree to provide a drug dealer with the chemicals
needed to manufacture methamphetamine.
Wooten, a drug dealer who is to be sentenced Monday on
federal drug charges, said Harmon sat with Ronnie Joe Knight
while Knight made methamphetamine and then Harmon took two grams
of it home with him.
"Dan Harmon would supply the chemicals to manufacture
methamphetamine, and, if Ronnie and I would stay in Saline or Hot
Spring counties, he would let us know if anything was going to
come down,'' Wooten said.
Fowler attacked Wooten's credibility by running through his
previous convictions on drug charges and pointing out that the
U.S. attorney's office had promised to ask for a reduced sentence
Monday in exchange for his testimony
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