Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide


Man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

By David Atchison

PELL CITY — A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to the vehicular homicide of a Cropwell woman.

Blake Alan Brown of Pell City pleaded guilty to the April 18, 2007, vehicular homicide of Rosea Mae Beavers, 57.

St. Clair County Assistant District Attorney Lamar Williamson said Brown made an open plea in court, which means there was no agreement between the state and the defendant.

Williamson said he wasn’t surprised Brown pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in open court.

“That’s what he was guilty of,” Williamson said.

Brown made his plea after jury qualification but right before jury selection was to begin.

“Blake remains today, as he did almost two years ago, remorseful and if he could go back in time and change things, he would,” said Pell City attorney Lyle Harmon, who represents Brown. “We hope this can give closure for the Beaver family, as well as for the Brown family.”

Circuit Court Judge Charles Robinson ordered a pre-sentencing investigation be completed before he sentences Brown.

Brown’s sentencing hearing is set for Thursday, Jan, 15, 2009, at 9 a.m.

Brown could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and required to pay a fine between $500 and $2,000.

Beavers was killed when the Ford Focus she was driving was struck by a runaway trailer Brown was towing. The accident happened on U.S. 231 near the CVS Pharmacy.

According to The Daily Home news account of the accident, Beavers had just turned out of the CVS parking lot, heading south on U.S. 231, when the trailer Brown was towing came lose from his vehicle, crossed the highway and struck her vehicle.

A Lifesaver helicopter was called to the scene and landed at Avondale Park on U.S. 78, but Beavers died while being transported by ambulance to the landing site.

Brown has remained out of jail since his arrest in June 2007, posting a $15,000 bond.

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David Atchison is Pell City news editor for The Daily Home.

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