Maybe it’s just me, but if I weren’t guilty, I’d want to get before a jury of my peers, or at least a judge, and get the charges hanging over my head over and done with. But, I guess when all fingers point to you being guilty, the idea is to stall, stall, stall! Chris Soules’ trial for allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal accident, scheduled for July 19, has been continued. This is the third time Soules court date has been moved. The first appearance, scheduled for early May was rescheduled to May 23, then moved to the July date.
This means simply means the date will be rescheduled or “continued” to another date at the request of the prosecutor, defense, or even the judge. No new date has been scheduled.
In case you hadn’t heard, Soules is charged with rear-ending a tractor driven by fellow Iowan farmer, Kenny Mosher on April 24 outside of Aurora, IA. Mosher was thrown from the tractor and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Chris did call 911, according to witnesses, but he was gone by the time police arrived. He was later arrested at his home hours later, but only after authorities presented an arrest warrant.
Although open alcohol containers were found at the scene, in and around Soules’ truck, toxicology reports from tests taken after he was finally taken in, turned up negative for alcohol or drugs.
Soules’ attorneys are using the defensive that he called 911 and didn’t just leave the scene and have filed papers in the Buchanan County court showing that he was sober at the time of the accident (at least he was 4-5 hours later). For the preliminary hearing Soules was not present but has entered a “not guilty” plea through his legal team. What’s next? He can’t go to trial yet because he has to get the corn in?
Written by Rhonda
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