Judge grants two motions for Johnthony Walker

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) –  The former bus driver accused of killing 6 Woodmore Elementary School students will not have a jury from Hamilton County.

That was decided today during a settlement hearing in Judge Don Poole’s Court.

Johnthony Walker previously pled not guilty to six counts of vehicular homicide for the November crash.

News 12’s Alexandria Adams spoke with Walker’s attorney, Amanda Dunn, about the next steps.

Johnthony Walker’s attorney Amanda Dunn says she wants ensure that if the case goes to trial, it’s done fairly.

“I think every citizen of Hamilton County is aware of this tragedy that occurred. So it’s really for the benefit of all of the citizens of Hamilton Count, the state of Tennessee, and Mr.Walker to have a fair and impartial jury come in and be seated if this case is to be tried.” stated Dunn.

This was just one of the two motions Dunn filed on Walker’s behalf.

The first was a motion of discovery. Walker’s attorney asked for the state to provide the evidence they would use against him in trial. The state agreed that motion was appropriate.

The former Hamilton County bus driver has 6 vehicular homicides charges, and several other charges and lawsuits against him.

Along with this, his attorney says Walker also is dealing with grief.

Amanda Dunn says “Mr. Walker is distraught. This has been a tragedy of epic proportions in Hamilton County. It’s been a tragic occurrence for him as well.”

Walker’s next court date is set for July 20th.


CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) A judge on Monday granted two motions filed by the attorney for Woodmore bus driver Johnthony Walker.

The first motion of Discovery requires the prosecution to share their evidence against Walker.

He faces a number of charges against Walker including six of manslaughter for the children killed in the bus crash.

Attorney Amanda Dunn is also asking for the jury to decide his fate to be drawn from outside Hamilton County.

Dunn told us after the hearing “I think it would be difficult for any citizen of Hamilton County to sit on this jury.”

“I think every citizen of Hamilton County is aware of this tragedy that has occurred. So it’s really for the benefit of all of the citizens of Hamilton County and the State of Tennessee and Mr. Walker to have a fair and impartial jury to come in and be seated if this case is to be tried.”

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