Marion police lieutenant pleads not guilty to stealing drugs from evidence room

Marion police lieutenant pleads not guilty to stealing drugs from evidence room
Lieutenant Freddy Williams, with the Marion, Arkansas Police Department, is charged with evidence tampering, drug possession and violating rules of conduct for a county officer.

MARION, AR (WMC) - A Mid-South police lieutenant accused of stealing drugs from his department’s evidence room has pleaded not guilty.

Marion Police Lieutenant Freddy Williams was also given a pretrial date Tuesday in court.

Williams is facing several charges including evidence tampering and drug possession.

Late last year, narcotics officers set up hidden cameras at the Marion Police Department after they suspected someone was tampering with or stealing evidence.

According to a police affidavit, Williams was seen going into the evidence room more than a dozen times. He admitted to stealing marijuana and smoking it.

Arkansas police officer arrested for evidence tampering, drug possession

Williams has been with the Marion Police Department since 2000, and his attorney said there's two sides to the story.

"We have a very decorated 20-year veteran so it's a very unusual case circumstance," Newcomb said.

A police affidavit shows Williams was in charge of the criminal investigation division at Marion Police Department.

An internal investigation was launched after the allegations against Williams were brought to Chief Gary Kelly. Kelley then referred the case to Arkansas State Police.

Williams turned himself in to investigators back in February.

At last check, the state listed Williams as suspended without pay pending an investigation. His pretrial date is scheduled for August 5.

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