Jury selected in Davidson County to try Janet Hinds in Hamilton County
Hinds is charged with DUI & Vehicular Homicide in the death of Police Officer Nicholas Galinger
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – A jury has been selected for the Janet Hinds trial.
It’s set to start here in Hamilton County, Monday.
The jurors will be brought in from Davidson County, and sequestered here.
News 12’s Kenan Scott gives us the backstory on the trial that’s nearly two and a half years in the making.
After nearly two and a half years, the fate of Janet Hinds will rest on the shoulders of sixteen jurors from Nashville.
Their selection process started Thursday at the Davidson County courthouse.
Hinds is accused of drunk driving, and killing Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger in a hit and run.
Since Hinds fled the scene, she wasn’t breathalyzed – but Chattanooga attorney Robin Flores says there are other means of determining if she was sober.
“You can establish if someone’s under the influence by where they had been prior, had they been purchasing alcohol – the question would be if they consumed it.”
According to arrest reports, Hinds was speeding and hit a public works sign before hitting Galinger and driving away.
She was added to TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted List before turning herself into authorities the following day.
38-year-old Galinger graduated from the police academy just one month before he was struck and killed.
He was inspecting a flooded manhole cover on Hamill Road with his field training officer when he was hit by Hinds’ Honda.
Hinds is facing 10 charges, including vehicular homicide by intoxication, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to render aid.
Opening statements will begin Monday in Hamilton County.
In Chattanooga, Kenan Scott News 12 Now.