SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Caleb Kennedy, the 17-year-old former American Idol contestant charged in a deadly February crash, will stay in jail following a 3rd court docket listening to.
Kennedy’s protection lawyer known as for the emergency listening to Thursday morning the place he requested for a choose to set a bond. The court docket room was full of feelings and questions surrounding his time behind bars.
“That is no totally different from every other case that’s been on this county earlier than this court docket on a 17-year-old that’s a B.A. of 0.18 the place they’ve given bond. I simply don’t perceive,” stated Ryan Beasley, Caleb Kennedy’s protection lawyer. “There may be nothing else that could possibly be any totally different, even when the blood exhibits that he has some form of THC or different form of drug in there.”
Kennedy faces a felony DUI with demise cost after he allegedly drove his truck off the highway in early February, hitting 54-year-old Larry Parris on his non-public driveway. Parris later died from his accidents.
Medical information present Kennedy was beneath the affect of marijuana and double the dose of his prescribed remedy, Prozac when the accident occurred.
“Larry doesn’t have the choice to come back dwelling and spend time along with his household and sleep in his personal mattress,” Donna Parris, the sufferer’s spouse stated with tears in her eyes. “He didn’t do something mistaken. I ask you to disclaim bond please.”
In accordance with the Parris household’s spokesperson, every time they return to court docket, they relive the tragedy.
“They’re completely devastated, in all honesty. They preserve feeling like they lose him time and again, each time they’re drug again into court docket,” stated Kimberly Cockrell, Sufferer’ Companies Supervisor for Mom’s In opposition to Drunk Driving.
Kennedy was not granted bond in early February during his initial hearing in magistrate court and a circuit court docket choose delayed bond in his second appearance to permit time for medical proof, together with a blood toxicology report from the State Legislation Enforcement Division, to turn out to be out there. In accordance with Kennedy’s protection lawyer, that evaluation might take a number of months to finish.
“He did ask for the to report as a result of we didn’t have the medical information on the time,” stated Beasley. “And simply so the courts effectively conscious, SLED has been backed up anyplace from three to 6 months.”
On Thursday, Circuit Court docket Decide Daniel Corridor stated situations set within the earlier circuit court docket listening to had not been met to permit bond to be set.
“There isn’t any full blood toxicology report. That has not been offered to the court docket right now,” stated Decide Corridor. “Nothing has modified, these situations haven’t been met. There hasn’t been a change in circumstances so I’m not going to go any additional with this bond listening to right now.”
Kennedy will stay on the Spartanburg County Detention Middle till his blood toxicology report returns from SLED.