THE NEWS DESKOctober 2nd, 2012, 12:39 pm
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Bond denied again in traffic manslaughter case
BY KEITH EPPS
A Stafford woman charged in connection with a June 18 accident in which a woman who lived with her was killed was again denied bond Monday.
Judge J. Martin Bass rejected a bond request from Amy Michelle Owens in Stafford Circuit Court, saying Owens had proven herself to be a danger to the community. Owens’ request for bond had previously been rejected in a lower court.
Owens, 34, already had three DUI convictions June 18 when she was accused of driving a 1990 Mazda 626 that crashed in the area of the Stafford Wayside on U.S. 1 near Carnaby Street. Sharon Elizabeth Oxley, 44, who lived with Owens and Owens’ husband, was a passenger in the vehicle and died in the crash.
According to state police, Owens was heading south when she drove off the right side of the road, over-corrected and ran off the left side of the road. The car the hit a guardrail and flipped into the woods. Police said speed was a factor in the crash.
She was later charged with involuntary manslaughter, felony murder, driving on a revoked license and driving while intoxicated, fourth offense. Police believe Owens was under the influence of prescription drugs that were not prescribed for her.
Defense attorney Ben Woodbridge argued Monday that it was unfair for Owens to be held without bond, noting that she was cooperative with police and has significant ties to the community. He said Owens has never missed a court appearance and said she already been in jail too long for someone who is presumed innocent under the law.
Prosecutor Andrea McCauley said keeping Owens in jail is the only way to protect the public. She said that three relatively recent DUI’s and having no license didn’t stop Owens from driving in June.
“What more facts do you need?” McCauley said. “Nothing the court has told her before has stopped her.”
A preliminary hearing for Owens is scheduled for Dec. 21 in Stafford General District Court. An earlier hearing was postponed because lab tests had not been comple