More charges filed against Johnthony Walker

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – There are new criminal charges against Johnthony Walker.

The Hamilton County District Attorney’s office filed 14 new reckless aggravated assault charges and 7 assault charges on Wednesday.

The charges tack on to what he already faces, which includes 6 counts of vehicular homicide.

According to the District Attorney’s spokesperson, the D.A. made his intentions to file more charges last week and said he was going to go back to the grand jury to secure more charges for all of the kids injured on the bus.

Also last week, Walker’s attorney Amanda Dunn said she plans on filing an application for diversion, meaning Walker would plead guilty, she said, but a judgment would not go against him pending certain conditions.

“I think my client has a excellent social history in our community.  He’s never been in trouble in his entire life.  He’s a high school graduate.  He was working two jobs at the time of this event.  He has been nothing but an upstanding member of society and he should be entitled to see the benefit of that diversion eligibility the same as any other person that comes up here charged with similar crimes,” Dunn said.

In May, it was decided that a jury for the case would not come from Hamilton County.

Last November, Walker was allegedly speeding when the bus he was driving hit a pole with a total of 37 kids inside.

Six of the kids died and several were injured.

WDEF reached out to Walker’s attorney for a comment, but was unable to get a response.

A court date has been scheduled for August 10th.

No trial date has been set.


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