No bond for Raymond woman accused of killing woman, child in deadly crash
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A judge denied bond for the Raymond woman accused of killing a mother and child in a crash last week.
One day after being released from the hospital, a handcuffed Beth Ann White faced a judge for the first time since the deadly accident in Hinds County that killed Allison Conaway, her baby boy, Alex, and injured her two youngest girls.
White’s initial appearance was held Tuesday before Judge Johnnie McDaniels in Hinds County Court.
Due to the pandemic, it was done through a video conference. She faces two aggravated DUI charges. She is being Represented by attorney Kevin Camp. who was also in court.
During the hearing, he requested a reasonable bond for his client, pointing out she has not been convicted of any crimes since 2008.
“When they make the determination of bond, one of the things is, did you do what you were supposed to the last time you were in front of court? And that is what that was brought up for. And when we were talking about the timeframes, I think you will see that there is a big, huge gap that there weren’t any problems. So that’s what we will bring up, but we just have to get the actual records,” said Camp.
Through a WLBT investigation, we were the first to uncover that White was convicted of felony DUI in 2008.
But most of her sentence was suspended and she ended up serving a 1-year probation house arrest. She was also charged with at least two DUIs after 2008, but they were appealed and dismissed. Judge McDaniels says due to White’s DUI history, she was denied bond.
“In the record before the court at this time finds that the defendant, Beth Ann White, appears to be and represents a clear and present danger to the citizens of Hinds County with an extensive DUI driving history over that 15-year period.”
Her attorney said this about the decision:
“It is sort of what we figured at this point. I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed or anything, but at this juncture more things are going to have to be flushed out. We will set a prelim and then we will get into those issues to see if bond is appropriate at that time,” said Camp.
Allison’s two youngest girls, who were in the car at the time of the accident, have been in the hospital for more than a week. They are still in critical condition.
Visitation for Allison Conaway and her son will be held on Friday, November 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jackson Revival Center South.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 13, at 1:00 p.m. at the New Jerusalem Church - Alta Woods.
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