Judge drops 1 charge in GA jaywalking death case

AP News
Posted: Oct 05, 2011 6:18 PM
Judge drops 1 charge in GA jaywalking death case

A Georgia judge has dismissed one charge against a woman convicted of vehicular homicide after her 4-year-old son died as they jaywalked, but she's still considering whether to drop two other charges.

Attorney Steve Sadow asked Cobb County State Court Judge Kathryn Tanksley to drop all charges against his client. Raquel Nelson was convicted in July and sentenced to a year's probation and 40 hours of community service. But Tanksley also made her the unusual offer of a new trial, which Nelson accepted.

Nelson could have been sentenced to three years in prison, much longer than the driver who pleaded guilty to hit-and-run.

Tanksley dismissed a charge of reckless conduct at the hearing Wednesday but said she needed more time to consider the defense's request to dismiss charges of vehicular homicide and crossing a road in an unsafe manner.