The case of a 19-year-old Dailey man who was behind the wheel in a fatal wreck in June has been sent to Randolph County Circuit Court.
Cole Alexander Edmond waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Randolph County Magistrate Court.
Alexander's hearing had been set for 11 a.m.; however, he did not appear in the courtroom, and his attorney, Timothy Prentice, said Edmond, who was waiting in another room, had opted to forfeit his right to a preliminary hearing, which is designed to determine probable cause.
Edmond's decision means his case will automatically be bound over to the Circuit Court for further litigation.
Edmond is charged with reckless DUI causing death, a felony, for his alleged role in the death of Timothy Roger "Bo" Hornick, 15, of Mill Creek.
Edmond was the driver of the Chevrolet Cavalier involved in a June 20 two-vehicle accident which resulted in Hornick's death. The wreck happened at about 2:30 p.m. as the Cavalier was traveling south on Route 219 near Tygarts Valley High School.
According to previous reports, the Cavalier ran off Route 219 on the right side before veering back on the road, crossing the center line, and striking a north-bound Dodge pickup truck driven by Devlin Cate. The Cavalier then ran off the road on the left side, traveled down an embankment and came to rest next to a pond.
The criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's office stated Edmond had allegedly been drinking vodka prior to the wreck.
Edmond made bail on the reckless DUI causing death charge after his bond was adjusted from $50,000 cash-only to $50,000 cash, property or surety during a modification hearing July 1 in magistrate court. Elbon placed Edmond on home confinement and ordered him to have no contact with Hornick's immediate family or Cate, the driver of the pick-up truck, who was injured in the wreck.
Elbon also ordered Edmond to wear an alcohol-monitoring device and report to Randolph County Community Corrections for random drug testing.
However, Edmond's bond was temporarily revoked at an Aug. 13 violation hearing after Assistant Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Lori Gray said she'd received information indicating Edmond went to visit his girlfriend, who lives nearby - and that the teen had also been spotted in a local retail store with one of his parents.
As a result, Edmond spent 72 hours behind bars at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail for violating the terms of his bond. Elbon said Tuesday those terms and conditions will remain the same while Edmond's case is pending in Circuit Court.
Edmond is also facing unrelated felony charges - one count of grand larceny and one count of conspiracy - for allegedly scheming to steal three four-wheelers and then conceal them along a back road in the Mill Creek area.
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