A Vidalia, La., man who was involved in a
July 4 accident in which three people were killed has been charged
with DUI negligent homicide, says Natchez Police Chief Mike
Mullins said Michael Cody McJohnson, 21, was charged Friday with
McJohnson initially was charged with aggravated assault and was
released on $40,000 bond. The aggravated assault charge stemmed
from a fight in the parking lot of a Natchez bar in which McJohnson
was allegedly involved, Mullins said at the time. The truck
McJohnson was driving reportedly sped off, eventually driving into
a ravine and killing the three passengers.
Mullins said McJohnson was released on the same bond Friday.
The new charges carry a maximum of 25 years on each count,
District Attorney Ronnie Harper said in a www.natchezdemocrat.com
The affidavit allege that McJohnson, while driving the vehicle
"in a negligent manner" caused the deaths of Nicholas Kirby and
Justin Wiley, both in their 20s and from Vidalia, La., and Kristin
Holmes, 15, of Woodville, Miss. All were passengers in the truck.
Mullins said his department had to wait for blood test results
from the Mississippi State Crime Lab before they could charge
A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered legally
intoxicated in Mississippi. The results showed McJohnson's blood
alcohol content level to be greater than the 0.08 percent limit,