Jury hears case of Waynesboro man accused of vehicular homicide, DUI

Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 3:12 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 4:37 PM
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Jurors will decide whether the roadside death of a Jackson, Ga., man in 2009 was the result of drunken driving or a confusing construction zone.

Bill Danes, 45, was hit by a pickup that June 11 as he waited to deliver asphalt from his dump truck during a repaving project between Savannah and Brown roads on Mike Padgett Highway.

Behind the pickup’s steering wheel was Charles Oglesby, of Waynesboro, Ga., who had left a bar on Georgia Highway 56 and was traveling the wrong direction through the construction zone, Assistant District Attorney Natalie Paine said in opening statements Monday.

Oglesby was arrested and eventually charged with first-degree homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Paine said the evidence presented at trial would show that Oglesby was familiar with the construction zone and had hit a tree in a previous DUI arrest.

Oglesby’s attorney, Jacques Hawk, showed Monday that his defense will be built around the layout of the construction zone.

Specifically, he said, the orange traffic barrels were impeding traffic, lighting was poor and Danes was not wearing a reflective vest.

An expert witness will discuss the poor visibility and the “veiling effect” of driving toward the headlights of the dump trucks.

“Under these conditions, anyone would have hit him,” Hawk said.

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GaStang22
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GaStang22 01/24/12 - 11:32 pm
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No, not anyone would have hit
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No, not anyone would have hit him.....any DRUNK would have hit him. How many people passed through there without killing anyone? Sure the conditions werent great, but anyone NOT drunk and familiar as he was with the area would have taken more precautions. Yeah, blame everything else for a repeat offending drunk driver killing someone. If the construction zone was poor and the drunk knew this already, even more of a reason to NOT drink, slow down, and be cautious of others lives!!! No sympathy here!! He gave no mercy to any fellow citizen on the road he could have killed in his many drunk driving routes, why should anyone have mercy on him!! MAX!

Wonder what the speed was determined that he wrecked at and what his BAC was.

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garepoagent 01/25/12 - 12:19 am
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That has to be the lamest

That has to be the lamest excuse I have ever heard for a defense. HE WAS DRUNK!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT ONCE NOT TWICE BUT 3 TIMES BEEN ARRESTED FOR IT!!!! I don't care if it is in a construction site the fact of the matter was he was drunk and got behind the wheel and he killed BILL!!! and what makes it even worse is he has been charged with drinking and driving before!! This has affected the lives of Bills children immensely . They no longer have their dad because a REPEAT drunk driver was behind the wheel. headlights road conditions have nothing to do with it he chose to drink and drive.He's walking the streets while Bills boys have no dad. His oldest son Brandon is like a son to me and I have watched how this has affected him, he misses his dad horribly has nightmares and cry's while this parasite walks the streets and trys to say the headlights and barrels confused him . Well maybe if you weren't drunk you could drive. HE SHOULD NOT HAVE A LICENSE!!!!!! I lost a close friend to a drunk driver who was convicted 5 times of D.U.I ....these people shouldn't be able to drive whats wrong with people!!! I wish they would lock you up and throw away the key Charles!!!! You stole a life and now 3 boys have no dad.

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ShayK 01/25/12 - 12:32 am
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this is absolutely

this is absolutely ridicoulous they'd even consider such a stupid & careless thing.. brandon, i love you. i'm always here for you...

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chrichellew 01/25/12 - 01:28 am
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this is the most ridiculous

this is the most ridiculous thing i've ever read, seriously. “Under these conditions, anyone would have hit him." no, any DRUNK DRIVER might have, but not just any person. the conditions of the road are NO excuse for this, he was DRIVING DRUNK, it wouldn't matter WHAT road he was driving on or the conditions of the road, he's STILL in fault for his own actions. the driver deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison, he's took away three boys daddy's from them, & they can never get that back.. yet this man, a REPEATED offender gets to keep walking the street as if he's done nothing wrong? there shouldn't be ANY mercy on him. i've known Bill's oldest son Brandon for years, & he's never been the same since the day he lost his daddy, & it's all this man's fault. it's not fair. i hope they lock this man away. Brandon, if you see this; i'm here for you Bubba, love you.

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24681012 01/25/12 - 02:28 pm
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This Man Should Go To Jail

This Man Should Go To Jail And Never Get Out. Bills Wife Is LIke a Mother To Me, And The BOys Are Like My Brothers. The Little Ones Wont Remember THere Father, All We Can Do Is Tell Them About There Father And Show Them PIctures. We Would Much Rather Have Him Here With Us. For All The Danes Family. You Are in Many of my Prayers We Love Yall.

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MalissaDanes 01/27/12 - 03:36 pm
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I guess my last post was not

I guess my last post was not allowed to be put on here because I gave my opinion about the judge, jury and Charles Oglesby in the post. Well for record, one day Charles will be back on the streets (and it will be too soon trust me) and when he is on the streets again it will be in the same community that the judge and jury live in and the next time he drinks and drive and gets into a wreck it will not be my brother that he kills, it just might be the loved one of one of the jury or even a loved one of the judge then let's see what the sentence and verdict will be. God is watching you Charles and knows what you did.

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