Driver in deadly Woodmore school bus crash requests probation

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – A judge decides the driver accused in the Woodmore bus crash will not receive diversion at this time.

After the Judge denied diversion for Johnthony Walker, saying it was too premature to decide, his lawyer asked for a bond reduction.

Walker’s close family friends then testified about his character.

Johnthany Walker’s hearing has started to determine if he can qualify for judicial diversion. @wdefnews12

— Brian Didlake (@BDidlakeWDEF) August 31, 2017

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The driver in a Tennessee school bus crash that killed six elementary school students in November wants a judge to offer him probation and dismissal of his case.

Johnthony Walker’s attorney will make the case for judicial diversion Thursday in Hamilton County Criminal Court.

Walker’s court filings say there’s no public interest in incarcerating someone with no prior criminal record who was working two jobs to provide for his family.

They also say Walker was trying to avoid a collision with another vehicle.

Prosecutors say Walker isn’t even eligible for diversion until he first pleads or is found guilty.

Walker faces 34 charges, including six vehicular homicide counts, and remains in jail.

Tennessee’s court system says more than 6,000 cases resulted in pre-trial or judicial diversion in 2015-16, including 16 for homicide.

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