Defense attorney breaks down Hinds hearing

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The woman accused of hitting and killing Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger has made bond and been released from Silverdale Detention Center on house arrest.

News 12 spoke with a defense attorney today to have him break down how the information from Tuesday’s hearing will affect the case moving forward.

“People are writing to the paper already about it and posting things online,” attorney McCracken Poston said. “It’s been almost a case you can’t avoid because it’s present every day.”

Public opinion swirls around every new fact discussed at Janet Hinds’ arraignment hearing Tuesday.

In addition to discussions about Hinds’ alcohol intake and bond price, Officer Nicholas Galinger’s training officer admitted that the blue lights were not on and Galinger was not wearing a reflective vest.

“Obviously if somebody went through a dangerous road too fast for the conditions and there was a blue lights and a saw horse in the middle of the road with a flashing lights on and people moving around with reflective clothing on, that would be something that would aggravate the situation as opposed to the facts that are coming out that tend to mitigate it,” Poston said.

Regardless, Poston said bonds are usually lower and doable. However, Poston added that reactions are heightened when the victim is a police officer.

“We should really pay them better in life rather than think that a high bond be meaningful to them,” Poston said.

Poston implored the public to wait until the trial to form opinions.

“Obviously, the high profile nature of the victim is going to be ever present on every body’s mind that touches this case. But everybody at the same time needs to wait until the sworn valid evidence is put up and not just what they’ve read in the paper or seen on TV,” Poston said.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said Hinds has been outfitted with a GPS monitoring unit after posting bond. She was released around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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