Chris Soules’s Trial Date Scheduled For Fatal Car Crash (UPDATE)
UPDATE (5/19/2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET):
An official trial date has been set for Chris Soules's fatal car crash case.
Though his arraignment was originally scheduled for May 23, it's now been pushed back nearly two months.
After that, the actual jury trial will take place, starting on July 19 at 9 a.m..
Stay tuned to Wetpaint as this story develops.
Original story (5/18/2017 at 3:30 p.m. ET):
Don’t expect Chris Soules’s legal drama to conclude any time soon.
Originally, the Dancing With the Stars alum was set to appear in the Buchanan County district court on May 23 for a hearing related to his fatal car crash in late April.
After that, he was officially charged with the crime, and then on May 16, Chris’s legal team entered a not guilty plea.
And with that, his hearing has been postponed — something the prosecution thinks he is doing on purpose.
“With the filing of a written not guilty plea by Chris Soules’ attorneys on Tuesday, it negates an arraignment hearing in open court that was scheduled for May 23,” Nancy Raffensperger Newhoff from the District Court for Buchanan County told RadarOnline.com.
She adds, “There are currently no pending court dates planned in the matter.”
The prosecutor goes on to accuse the Bachelor’s attorneys of “dragging this out as long as they can” to block him from being being in court, on-camera.
Then again, she also notes this is “routine” with defense lawyers, and that eventually, he will have his day in court.
“As much as his lawyers file stuff, there will be a hearing eventually,” she concludes.
We’re not surprised his team would want to slow things down a bit — the 35-year-old is facing serious time behind bars if he’s convicted.
They’re also working hard to prove he didn't flee, now asking for information on when the victim, 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, officially passed away.
According to court docs, they’ve requested a “Bill of Particulars” to determine exactly when and where the fellow farmer died.
It seems they think the case hinges on whether Kenneth was declared dead on the scene or later in the hospital.
Stay tuned to Wetpaint as this story continues to develop.