Sen. Williams’ Accident Case To Go Before Texas Grand Jury
The case of Colorado State Senator Suzanne Williams’ (D-Aurora) fatal car accident a few months ago could go before a Texas Grand Jury as early as the middle of this month.
David Green, the District Attorney of Hartley County, Texas, has stated that he expects to present the case to a grand jury on May 18, whether he believes criminal charges should be filed or not. He has stated that the need for a grand jury to examine the case is due to the large amount of publicity and media attention it has gotten.
Keep in mind that the date in question could well be pushed back if Green has more questions for the investigators once he has gone through their extensive report.
Janelle Steckline and Joe Gamm, writers for the Amarillo Globe-News, bring us statements from Green and the Williams’ attorney:
[Green] said he had not yet had time to review the report, which he said is 1-1/2 to 2 inches thick.
‘I’ve looked at these (accident reports) before,’ Green said. ‘They (the DPS) usually do a real thorough job working these up.’
Green said the case will be presented to the grand jury to determine if charges should be filed.
‘I believe ultimately (the report) will be good news because it will show no alcohol or drugs in (Williams’) bloodstream,’ said Williams’ attorney, David Lane of Denver. ‘It will show she was not on her cellphone.’
If things do not go Williams’ way, there are a number of unpleasant potential consequences. The brouhaha surrounding the fatal accident has already cost Williams a transportation committee position. Sara Castellanos, a writer for the Aurora Sentinel, brings us some information on the charges Sen. Williams might face once the grand jury has heard Green’s presentation of the case:
The possible charges Williams might face include criminally negligent homicide, a felony similar to Colorado’s Class 4 or 5 felony, [Green] said.
The punishment for that charge is between six months and two years confinement in a minimum security unit with no eligibility for early release or parole.
She could also face charges for injury to a child, also a felony and a possible misdemeanor.
A spokesman for The Texas Department of Public Safety, Trooper Gabriel Medrano, declined inquiries by The Denver Post as to whether their office has recommended charges in the case.
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