Vehicular homicide defendant jailed


By Ashley Bunton - [email protected]



The defendant in a vehicular homicide case was jailed Tuesday after he showed up a day early to his trial in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas and said he wanted to fire his attorney.

The unexpected announcement came just one day prior to a scheduled trial for Jason B. Woolley, 38, who is alleged to have been intoxicated when he was driving a vehicle that crashed and killed a Fayette Countian.

Woolley allegedly hit a semi-tractor trailer March 14, 2015 that was pulling out of Flying J truck stop onto State Route 41 at approximately 2:30 a.m. Twenty-six-year-old Billy Rankin was killed in the crash. Rankin was a passenger in Woolley’s Chevrolet Trailblazer, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Woolley was indicted on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol in December of 2015.

Steven Beathard, Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Judge, revoked Woolley’s bond Tuesday and he was taken into custody at the Fayette County Jail. The trial has been rescheduled for Sept. 6.

http://recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_FC-Court-House-1-3-1-3.jpg

By Ashley Bunton

[email protected]

Reach Ashley at the Record-Herald (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton

Reach Ashley at the Record-Herald (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton

comments powered by Disqus