Since the courts wouldn’t accept his motion to dismiss, Chris Soules has now entered a plea of ‘Not Guilty’ to the Class D felony charge stemming from his April fatal accident.
Soules’ attorneys, handed in a motion that there is no probable cause for the charge of hit and leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality since Chris called 911 and remained on the scene until paramedics arrived. One of the paragraphs of the statute, Iowa §321.261, says that if there is an accident involving a fatality, the other driver is to remain at the scene and give all his information, name, identification, etc. to authorities. His attorneys cite that Chris did identify himself to the 911 dispatcher. They insist that not only did he call 911, but he remained with the victim, even attempting CPR.
On April 24, Soules rear-ended a tractor being operated by 66-year-old husband and grandfather Kenneth Mosher. Both drivers and their vehicles wound up in a ditch.
Mr. Mosher was taken to a local hospital, where he passed away from his injuries and the Bachelor was arrested at home after local authorities served him with a warrant.
On May 16, court papers show that Soules pled not guilty to the charges and requested a speedy trial. Chris’ lawyers want some very specific details related to the charges and request that information the indictment and minutes from the testimony do not give.
Us Weekly said in a statement obtained from his attorneys, “We are confident that once all the evidence is made public, it will show Mr. Soules acted reasonably and did everything in his power to provide aid to Mr. Mosher.”
Soules’ arraignment hearing was originally scheduled to take place on May 23. But submitting his written plea now Soules is waiving his right to be arraigned in open court instead asking the court to accept his plea, and requesting a speedy trial and for a trial date to be set. The judge overseeing his case still has to accept the plea, otherwise the original arraignment date will remain May 23, and Soules will be required to put in an appearance.
If Chris is found guilty of the Class D felony, he could face up to five years in prison, as well as a $7,500 fine, according to the Des Moines Register.
Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office
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