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Judge delays ruling on bond request in vehicular homicide case

Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 8:33 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 12:43 AM
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A Hephzibah man facing vehicular homicide and injury charges has been involved in a previous fatal racing crash, a prosecutor said Monday.

Rodney Kelly, 26  HAND OUT
Rodney Kelly, 26

At a bond hearing in Richmond County Superior Court for Rodney Kelly, 26, Assistant District Attorney Garon Muller said that about five years ago, Kelly had his 3-year-old nephew in the car when he crashed while racing in Jefferson County, killing the child.

No charges were ever filed against Kelly in that incident, which defense attorney Scott Connell said was an accident.

Kelly is under indictment in Richmond County in connection with a July 28 wreck in the 2900 block of Ulm Road that left two people dead and a third injured.

Muller said investigators believe that Kelly was racing Kyterian Jones, 26, when Jones lost control of his motorcycle and hit two pedestrians, killing himself and 23-year-old Marcus Kelly. Jerome Gilmore, 17, suffered a broken leg in the crash.

Investigators believe the drivers were traveling about 80 mph on the residential street with a posted speed limit of 35 mph, Muller said.

After a witness came forward with information, investigators searched for Kelly’s powder-blue Monte Carlo and found it in Jefferson County with flattened tires. Kelly told officers that he hadn’t driven the car in several months, Muller said.

Connell said Monday that he has spoken with at least two witnesses who said Kelly wasn’t driving the vehicle in the race. Kelly, a high school graduate, doesn’t have any criminal history, Connell said.

Judge James G. Blanchard Jr., who is assigned to Kelly’s case, took the bond request under advisement.

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IBeDogGone 12/30/13 - 10:13 pm
High School Graduate

Why should the status of your education be a factor in whether you are granted bond? I do not care what your education level is the only facts needing review are the crime you are accused of commiting.

Marinerman1 12/31/13 - 10:13 am

If Kelly was not driving his car, then he needs to give up, who WAS driving his car. Sounds pretty simple to me. Okay Connell, time for your client to "SING".

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