James Edward Standish, who is accused of driving while intoxicated during a crash that claimed the life of a passenger, appeared before Judge Jack Kirby Wednesday with his counsel, Carrollton attorney Allen Trapp, who asked for a continuance in the case.
On Friday, Kirby denied a motion by Trapp to suppress some evidence. Trapp explained that because his motion was denied, he needed more time to prepare the case for trial.
Kirby continued the case to the trial week scheduled to begin on April 8.
Standish was arrested last June after a wreck in which a 20-year-old passenger in his car was killed.
Twenty-year-old Christopher Fulford, of Carrollton, was killed in the accident. He ws the only one of the three occupants not thrown from the car because he was wearing a seat belt.
The accident occurred in Carrollton on Kingsbridge Road, near Pilgrim’s Pride, on June 21.
Standish, under 21 years old, was above the legal 0.02 limit when he was tested four hours after the accident — when tested, the defendant recorded a 0.063 blood alcohol content level.
Standish, who faces eight different charges, was released on a $50,000 bond he received in September.
Standish also has a separate case in which he is charged with burglary, which was also continued until April.
• Kirby also ruled on a pre-trial matter in the case of Sherri Whitlock Hines, whose trial is set to begin on Monday.
Hines, 42, of Villa Rica has been indicted on 13 counts of theft by taking and identity fraud. She was a former bank manager at a Villa Rica branch of Community & Southern Bank.
Hines is accused of stealing more than $60,000 from bank customers in Barrow, Carroll and Paulding counties between March 2010 and April 2011.
Assistant District Attorney Vincent Faucette and Hines’ counsel, Villa Rica attorney Mac Pilgrim, came before Kirby Wednesday, requesting a ruling on information that caused a mistrial in the case six months ago.
Last August, while a witness was testifying, Faucette mentioned that Hines was also facing charges in Douglas County.
Judge John Simpson, who was presiding over the case at the time, granted Pilgrim’s motion for mistrial, made because he thought the mention of her charges in another county were prejudicial.
“I see that as an effort to place the defendant’s character in question,” Simpson said at the time. “Whatever charges are pending in Douglas County cannot be incorporated in the Carroll County case.”
On Wednesday, Kirby ruled in favor of Faucette, who requested that the information concerning the Douglas County charges be brought up, but stopping the witness short of making any legal conclusions.
Faucette wishes to bring the Douglas County actions into the Carroll County case because they involve both Hines, who changed branches at one time, and the same victim.
“The witness can say what he or she believes happened, but they can’t make any conclusory statements,” Kirby said.
The judge said that would include calling such actions “fraudulent.” He also said he would give witnesses curative instructions outside the presence of the jury to prevent them from making legal conclusions.
During a calendar call last Friday, Pilgrim announced that he was ready to defend his client at trial.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Jeff Hunt announced that the prosecution was also ready for trial.
Kirby said the case will be the “first one out” on Monday. Jury selection is expected to begin at 9 a.m.