Motion for driving privileges filed in vehicular homicide case


By Nick Walton - [email protected]



A motion for driving privileges was filed on behalf of a man charged in a vehicular homicide case.

Matthew G. King, 21, of West Liberty, is charged with two counts each of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault and one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse or a combination of them.

The charges stem from a crash on June 14, 2015, that caused the death of Mackenzee R. Hartley and injured Mayci Powell.

On June 8, a motion for driving privileges was filed by King’s attorney, James W. Skogstrom, who asked the court for an order requesting a bond modification. Skogstrom states the court prohibited King from operating a motor vehicle as a special condition of bond.

Skogstrom said King is seeking to be permitted driving privileges for occupational driving purposes only as he has been able to maintain employment but “he has been hampered somewhat by the condition of the bond precluding operation of a motor vehicle.”

Attached with the motion is a letter from King’s employer, Humble Construction Company, establishing his employment and hours.

A response to the motion was filed Thursday by Champaign County Kevin Talebi. The response states the state opposes King’s request for occupational driving privileges.

“The state takes the position that a motor vehicle is a deadly weapon,” Talebi states. “The state also takes the position that the defendant’s alleged reckless conduct while operating a motor vehicle caused the death of one victim and serious injury of another. The state cannot in good conscience support the defendant’s request for occupational driving privileges. The state takes the position that to grant the defendant such privileges is to again put him into a position wherein he could act recklessly while in control of a deadly weapon and again cause serious damage or injury to persons or property.”

A journal entry setting a response time on King’s motion gave the state until Friday to respond to the request and stated the court would thereafter decide on the matter.

By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

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