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1/7/2014 1:40:00 PM
Driver's bond unchanged in fatal DUI case
The man who was allegedly driving drunk when a passenger died saw his bond unchanged in a court hearing Friday.

Garick Hough, 22, Palestine, is charged with two counts of aggravated DUI causing death after an accident on Nov. 21.

On the night of the accident he was driving on Illinois Route 33 towards Gordon Junction when he left the roadway, struck a driveway and overturned.

Hough's bond is set at $100,000. His attorney, Jay Holtzhouser, moved to reduce the bond to $25,000.

Holtzhouser said that Hough is a full-time college student who has always appeared in court when previously required.

If Hough was free on bail, he would comply with any requirements listed, Holtzhouser said, including the possibility of meeting with probation officers until the trial.

State's Attorney Matthew Hartrich argued that the fact it was a case with a potential three- to 14-year prison sentence required the current bond level.

Judge Christopher Weber ruled that the "seriousness of the offense" required the bond remain at $100,000.

Weber set a pretrial conference for 11 a.m. Jan. 24.

Alexis Myers, 17, Robinson, was ejected from the vehicle in the accident. The preliminary autopsy showed she died of a broken neck, said Crawford County Coroner Earl Deckard.

A coroner's inquest is planned for Myers, but is not yet scheduled, Deckard said.

Hough waived the formal reading of his charges in Crawford County Circuit Court in December.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Article comment by: amber brown

Its is very sad an unfair what happend to Alexis myers. I feel that the young man that took her life should serve life in prison

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