Man involved in fatal Missouri crash withdraws plea

4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago February 07, 2017 Feb 7, 2017 Tuesday, February 07 2017 Tuesday, February 07, 2017 2:32:00 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

COLUMBIA (AP) — A Georgia man charged with manslaughter withdrew his guilty plea on the day he was to be sentenced in Boone County.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported 47-year-old Anthony West withdrew the plea Monday. Circuit Judge Jodie Asel says this was the second time West didn't admit to being reckless in a sentencing report. A previous judge didn't accept West's plea and recused herself from the case in December after there was no admittance to recklessness, which is required for a manslaughter plea.

County prosecutor Jessica Caldera says West was ignoring signs warning of a crash ahead as he was driving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 in 2015, resulting in a vehicle crash that killed 79-year-old Margaret Haile. West's attorney Andrew Popplewell says his client was reckless because he failed to slow down despite the warning signs.

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