Judge denies diversion for Woodmore bus driver Johnthony Walker

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The man charged with Vehicular Homicide for the deaths of six Woodmore Elementary students was back in court on Thursday.

The judge considered a defense motion for diversion.

Walker’s attorney, Amanda Dunn, says she has video evidence that another white van was on the road and Walker swerved to avoid it.

Diversion would allow Walker to plead guilty without serving actual jail time.

Judge Poole said Walker seems seems to be eligible for diversion, but it is premature to grant it before there is a verdict.

So he won’t grant it at this point.

Judge Poole says he will also consider lowering the bus driver’s bond so he can be released from jail.

Walker’s attorney said her client has no prior criminal record and was working two jobs to provide for his family.

She provided several character witnesses who testified that Walker is rooted to the community.

The judge says he will rule on the bond before the next court date in October.

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