Wednesday, May 30, 1997
She bought dope, lied for Harmon, ex says
Thursday, Holly DuVall described her life with former prosecutor
Dan Harmon as that of a drug addict who helped Harmon, a fellow
addict, conceal his habit.
"I would go out to purchase some drugs,'' DuVall recalled.
"He couldn't do it. He was prosecuting attorney.''
DuVall, 28, testified Thursday during the third day of the
trial of Harmon, her former husband, on federal racketeering,
drug, conspiracy and extortion charges.
"I lied basically for several years to protect him,'' DuVall
said. "He was an elected official. I wasn't going to tell anyone
he was using.''
DuVall also testified she first saw Harmon using
methamphetamine in 1992 when they were living together and that
she later saw Harmon use both marijuana and cocaine.
Harmon, 52, faces 11 charges in an indictment handed up by
the grand jury in April. He's the former prosecuting attorney of
the state's 7th Judicial District, which covers Hot Spring, Grant
and Saline counties. His trial, before Chief U.S. District Judge
Stephen M. Reasoner, is expected to take more than three weeks.
The federal indictment charges, among other things, that
Harmon ran his prosecuting attorney's office as a corrupt
organization in violation of the federal Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act.
It also charges that Harmon broke into the evidence locker of
the drug task force based in his office and stole cocaine with
DuVall was originally charged with that drug theft and with
conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. She attempted to have
the evidence in that case suppressed, but began cooperating with
the government when she failed.
Harmon's attorney, Lea Ellen Fowler, challenged DuVall's
credibility and her motive for testifying.
During opening statements Tuesday, Fowler argued that DuVall
was the real cause of Harmon's problems.
"So when you were faced with imminent jail time, you decided
if you had to go, you wouldn't go alone or you would find a way
so you wouldn't have to go at all?'' Fowler asked.
DuVall replied that she didn't see why she should be the only
one to go to prison for crimes in which others had been involved.
DuVall also acknowledged that she had lied under oath during
two rounds of testimony before the grand jury and that the
government is paying her $1,375 monthly rent.
When Harmon was indicted, the government dropped the two drug
charges against DuVall. Instead, she was charged with misprision
-- knowing about a felony but not reporting it. Tuesday, DuVall
pleaded guilty to that charge, which carries a three-year maximum
No date has been set for sentencing.
Two days after pleading guilty to the lesser charge, DuVall
described how in October 1995, she and Harmon went to the
prosecuting attorney's office, climbed into the attic and walked
along support beams until they reached the corner over the
DuVall said she reached her arm through a small open section
of the ceiling and pulled out a sack containing evidence.
"He opened up the sack and he couldn't believe it,'' DuVall
said of Harmon. "It was several bricks of cocaine. We went home
and opened a brick and started using.''
DuVall said she and Harmon became concerned the evidence
would be missed because of the amount of cocaine in the sack, and
that was when they decided to make fake bricks out of modeling
When police searched a condominium DuVall was renting on Lake
Hamilton in November 1995, a drug dog found a duffel bag
containing a fake brick wrapped in papers identifying it as
evidence in a drug case from Harmon's office.
Fowler tried to discredit DuVall's testimony with DuVall's
own words, reading aloud from letters DuVall wrote to Harmon more
than a year ago while in a drug treatment facility.
"I'm sorry I've caused all the hell you're having to
endure,'' DuVall wrote in one letter. "Hopefully it will not be
long before they realize you are innocent.''
Several other witnesses testified Thursday about an extortion
charge against Harmon.
The indictment charges that Dewayne Littlepage, a drug dealer
sentenced to 56 years in state prison, forged an agreement with
Harmon and defense attorney Bill Murphy, one of Harmon's
Under that purported agreement, Littlepage would pay Harmon
and Murphy $100,000 in exchange for reducing his sentence and
dismissing other pending charges.
Meanwhile, the indictment charges that Littlepage was to be
released on an appeal bond so he could sell drugs to raise the
money for Harmon and Walls.
Martha Littlepage, Dewayne's wife, testified Thursday that
she witnessed her husband meet with Harmon and Walls and that she
saw money delivered to Harmon in a plastic bag.
"I was afraid of Dan Harmon because he had given Dewayne 56
years,'' Martha Littlepage said when asked why she hadn't gone to
law enforcement officials with her suspicions. "I saw how he ran
his court.... I thought Mr. Harmon controlled most of the
counties of the state.''
Rodney Bowers, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Benton bureau
chief, testified Thursday afternoon on a charge against Harmon of
retaliation against a witness.
The indictment charges that Harmon physically attacked Bowers
when Bowers approached him seeking comment for a news story on
the drug task force.
"He sucker-punched me. He jumped on my back and started
hitting me on the back of my head,'' Bowers said. "I never
dreamed a prosecutor would hit me for asking for a comment.'
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