Murder trial delayed as expert set to examine vehicle
by Cris Ritchie
HAZARD – The trial of a woman accused of being under the influence when a vehicle she was driving crashed, resulting in the death of a small child in 2010, will be delayed until September.
Felecia Abner, 31, of Bonnyman, was indicted by the grand jury in January on charges of murder and reckless driving stemming from an incident on May 21, 2010 in which police say she lost control of her vehicle before it went over an embankment on Sam Campbell’s Branch in Bonnyman. Her three-year-old nephew was in the car with her at the time and suffered fatal injuries.
Abner appeared in Perry Circuit Court on Thursday where her attorney, Brent Flowers, argued for a motion to continue the trial based on his estimation that he would not be ready to mount a defense by the original July 30 trial date.
In a second motion, Flowers said an expert hired to examine the vehicle Abner was driving at the time of the accident had not yet done so, and would need several days to complete a report once the examination had taken place. He requested that the vehicle, which was impounded at the Kentucky State Police post in Hazard, be made available on Thursday, or at the next available date of July 18. He also requested that the evidence in the case be preserved while the expert awaits an opportunity to examine the vehicle.
Circuit Judge Bill Engle granted the motion to continue the trial, and set a new trial date of September 24. He also ordered that the vehicle be made available for inspection by the defense on July 18.
Abner, meanwhile, is currently out of jail and on home incarceration as she awaits trial.
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