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story.lead_photo.caption FILE — Former Arkansas Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (right) arrives at the federal courthouse in Little Rock with his attorney Tim Dudley on Sept. 18, 2018. - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

Former Arkansas Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson’s ex-girlfriend testified Tuesday at a pre-trial hearing in his federal wire fraud and tax fraud case that the Sony laptop computer she turned over to the FBI in 2012 was hers alone and that she never stole it, as Hutchinson claims.

The laptop contained incriminating information against Hutchinson, who is scheduled for a jury trial in July. He is seeking the dismissal of the charges or suppression of the information obtained from the laptop, contending the girlfriend of five or six years, Julie McGee, stole it from his condominium and saying the FBI never sought permission from him to search it.

McGee testified that she gave permission to search the laptop and other devices she turned over to the FBI on Aug 24, 2012, to spite Hutchinson.

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During her testimony, she said Hutchinson gave her money for “the abortion," but she was never asked by attorneys for either side to elaborate. Afterward, defense attorney Tim Dudley refused to comment on the remark.

McGee, an artist, lived with Hutchinson for several months and had an on-again, off-again relationship with him, she testified.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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Archived Comments

    June 11, 2019 at 4:07 p.m.

    How Pro-life of him!

  • LR1955
    June 11, 2019 at 4:07 p.m.

    Google search “Julie McGee Arkansas”, there’s a mug shot photo and another that was on the OKCupid dating site.

  • mrcharles
    June 11, 2019 at 4:39 p.m.

    Dont forget innocent until proven guilty even if scum bag.

  • JA40
    June 11, 2019 at 6:45 p.m.

    Gotta remember....He chose the scum bag and OKCupid.....No slack!!!!!

  • ZeebronZ
    June 11, 2019 at 7:22 p.m.

    Jerry Springer couldn't come up with one as good as this!

  • eaglescout
    June 12, 2019 at 7:48 a.m.

    I wonder what happened to the alligator head she smacked him with.

  • LR1955
    June 12, 2019 at 10:35 a.m.

    How can the Hutchinson brothers (Tim & Asa) have fairly clean productive lives yet each produced a prodigal son; one a multi-repeating DUI offender and the other a liar, thief, & cheater?