Derrick Heard was sixteen years old when he murdered a police officer in Arkansas. According to court documents two police officers from the local police department were responding to a call that someone was breaking into vehicles in the area. When the officers arrived Derrick Heard was seen fleeing from the scene. Lt. Weatherford would chase the teen killer on foot while his partner followed in the police car. This teen killer would pull out a gun and shoot at the officer chasing him, striking and killing the officer. When he was arrested Derrick Heard would admit to stealing from the vehicle, fleeing from the police and shooting at the officer. Derrick Heard lawyer tried to get a lesser sentence saying the murder was not intentional. In the end Derrick Heard would be sentenced to forty two years in prison
Derrick Heard 2020 Information
ADC Number 176602
Race BLACK Sex MALE Hair Color BLACK Eye Color GRAY
Height 69 inches Weight 145 lbs. Birth Date 02/14/2001
Initial Receipt Date10/06/2020 Facility Cummins Unit
Custody Classification C3 Good Time Class
IIPE/TE Date*06/23/2039 Total Time*42 yrs. 4 mo.
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On Tuesday, 19-year-old Derrick Heard pleaded guilty to multiple charges stemming from an incident involving the homicide of Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford of the Newport Police Department in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Heard was only 16-years-old when he was formally charged as an adult with capital murder in the death of Lt. Weatherford in July of 2017. He was also charged with attempted capital murder, breaking or entering theft of property, and possession of a handgun by a minor.
According to a press release from prosecuting attorney Henry Boyce, on October 6, 2020, the Honorable Harold Erwin accepted Heard’s guilty plea, and sentenced him to the following charges:
- First-degree murder, class Y felony-24 years
- Attempted capital murder, class Y felony-24 years
- Breaking and entering, class D felony-6 years
- Theft of property, class D felony- 6 years
- Possession of Handgun, class D felony- 6 years
The first-degree murder and attempted capital murder sentences were ordered to run concurrently. The breaking and entering, theft of property, and handgun charges were ordered to run consecutively to each other and to the murder and attempted capital murder charges. In total, Heard is sentenced to 42 years in the Department of Corrections.
On June 12, 2017, Lt. Weatherford and Sgt. Shane Rogers responded to a call of a vehicle break-in near the area of Bowen Street and Newport Avenue. When Lt. Weatherford arrived at the scene, he saw an individual, later identified as Derrick Heard, fleeing the area.
Lt. Weatherford chased Derrick Heard on foot and Sgt. Rogers chased him in a patrol car. Heard is then accused of firing his gun, striking and killing Weatherford, and turning and firing the gun at Rogers. Court documents said Heard admitted to the shootings and also admitted to breaking into a vehicle, stealing a purse, and fleeing when police approached.
In August of 2017, Heard pleaded not guilty to capital murder in the June shooting death of Lt. Patrick Weatherford. Heard’s attorney asked for a mental evaluation, and no bond was requested.
In a statement, Boyce said: “This case has been without question one of great impact to the citizens of this community, as well as to the law enforcement community in general. At the time Heard decided to admit his guilt, multiple evidentiary motions were pending before the Court. Heard was a juvenile at the time of his offenses, but was charged as an adult. Despite the charging decision, the ‘Arkansas Fair Sentencing of Minors Act’ implemented in 2017 imposed mandatory parole eligibility in murder cases involving juvenile offenders at 30 years.”
Heard was immediately taken to the Arkansas Department of Correction to begin serving his sentence.
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Two teenagers appeared Friday in Jackson County District Court and were formally charged in connection with the June shooting death of a Newport police officer.
One of the teenagers, 16-year-old Derrick Heard, was formally charged as an adult with capital murder in the death of Lt. Patrick Weatherford. He is also charged with attempted capital murder, breaking or entering, theft of property, and possession of a handgun by a minor.
Tyler Calamese, 18, is charged with breaking or entering, theft of property, and furnishing a deadly weapon to a minor. His bond was set at $5,000 with an option to pay 10% to be released from jail.
Calamese’s mother tells KATV while she’s glad her son is getting out, police “didn’t do this investigation from the beginning right,” she said. “My son sat there for 50 days, almost, while the killer walked free that’s not cool,” added Shanika Reynolds.
Calamese’s grandmother, Janet Reynolds, also said, “I’ve been knowing that Tyler was not no murderer, and these people in this town know he’s not no murderer, now they got egg on their face and they got to clean it up somehow.”
KATV also learned in court on Friday that Calamese has no criminal history, even as a juvenile.
Heard’s family declined to comment, however, his attorney Ronald Davis said they would request a bond at a later date since Heard also has a case pending in juvenile court.
According to Jackson County court documents, Calamese is accused of breaking into a vehicle in Newport, stealing a handgun and giving it to Heard on or about June 11.
On June 12, Lt. Weatherford and Sgt. Shane Rogers responded to a call of a vehicle break-in near the area of Bowen Street and Newport Avenue. When Lt. Weatherford arrived at the scene, he saw an individual, later identified as Heard, fleeing the area.
Lt. Weatherford chased Derrick Heard on foot and Sgt. Rogers chased him in a patrol car. Heard is then accused of firing his gun, striking and killing Weatherford, and turning and firing the gun at Rogers.
Court documents say Derrick Heard admitted to the shootings and also admitted to breaking into a vehicle, stealing a purse and fleeing when police approached.
Calamese has been in police custody since the shooting. As he entered court Friday afternoon, Calamese told KATV he was “happy” he wasn’t being charged with murder.
Both suspects will go in front of a Jackson County Circuit Court judge August 3rd.
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