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Lawyers for man charged in 3 Arkadelphia deaths want identities of police informants


ARKADELPHIA, Arkansas — Attorneys for a man charged in an Arkadelphia triple slaying have asked prosecutors to release the identities of two people who helped the police investigation.

In a court filing, Riakos Lizana's lawyers asked for the confidential informants' names, saying they are necessary for a fair trial, the Daily Siftings Herald reported this week ( ).

Lizana, 21, is charged with capital murder in the 2012 deaths of 40-year-old Bobby Jean Galbraith and his stepdaughters, 4-year-old Marley Crutchfield and 6-year-old Adiele Crutchfield. He also has been charged with one count of aggravated burglary.

Police said a bloody palm print on the childrens' bedroom door led officers to arrest Lizana two days after the killings. The cause of death for the victims has not been released and prosecutors have not disclosed a motive.

Lizana's attorneys noted in their request that the prosecution is allowed to keep secret the names of people who help police "unless the failure to disclose would infringe on the defendant's constitutional rights." They cited a 1957 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which said names should be released when "relevant and helpful to the defense of an accused, or is essential to a fair determination of a cause."

But the prosecution argued their identities are not needed, adding releasing the names would be appropriate if they were witnesses or participants in the crime.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Friday in Clark County.

Information from: The Daily Siftings Herald,

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