Humphries released on bond before upcoming trial

Audreyonna Humphries
Audreyonna Humphries

REED CITY  — The Marion woman charged in the vehicular death of a teenager is set to stand trial next week after a motion to dismiss her charges was denied.

On Tuesday, Audreyonna Joy Humphries, 22, of Marion, was granted a personal recognizance bond as she awaits her trial. However, Circuit Court Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy denied her attorney's motion for dismissing the case.

Humphries is charged with one count of reckless driving causing death, one count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing death, one count of reckless driving causing serious impairment of a bodily function and one count of failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death. If convicted, Humphries faces 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Humphries is accused of driving and crashing a stolen vehicle on Oct. 18, 2013. Police said Humphries lost control of the car along 20 Mile Road in Marion Township, causing the car to flip over. Two passengers, Jasmine Rogers, 13, and Shaylah Jordan Gascoigne, 13, were ejected from the backseat.

Rogers died at the scene from injuries while Gascoigne suffered critical injuries. Another girl, Lauren Brocht, 12, was riding in the front seat and received minor injuries.

According to police, Humphries fled the scene without seeking medical assistance for the injured passengers.

Humphries has been lodged at the Osceola County Jail on $100,000 bond since her arraignment on Oct. 21, 2013. In a motion for dismissal or granting bond, her attorney, Kimberly Booher, argued that Humphries' right to a speedy trial was violated and she was entitled to a dismissal with prejudice, according to court documents.

By law, defendants are entitled to a trial within 180 days from the date they are charged. Proceedings have been slowed as Humphries awaited results to see if she was competent to stand trial, along with other preparations.

Hill-Kennedy ultimately denied the motion to dismiss the case, but granted Humphries bond while she awaits trial. Her trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday in Osceola County’s 49th Circuit Court, but that date has been arraigned. A new trial date has not yet been set.