JACKSBORO, TN. (WLAF)- Bond has been lowered for a man indicted on two counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication.
In court Monday, Jason Kennedy asked the court to lower his $150,000 bond.
Kennedy was indicted in late 2023 following a two year investigation into the crash that claimed the lives of Angelina Tidwell and her newborn son Atlas.
He has been a free man since the crash and is “not a threat to public safety,” said Melissa Denny of the Eighth Judicial District Public Defender’s Office who was appointed to represent Kennedy. He has been aware there was an investigation into the accident and he could be charged as result but didn’t flee Denny told Eighth Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Zach Walden.
Kennedy has a job he could return to if he could make bond, she said. Along with that, he doesn’t have a criminal record.
There is no dispute about Kennedy’s lack of a criminal record, but he is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide by intoxication, Eighth Judicial District Assistant Attorney General Kate Fair said.
Walden wanted more information about Kennedy’s alleged alcohol level at the time of the crash.
“I would say significant,” Fair said.
After Denny argued her client had ties to the community, that included two sets of grandparents who were present at court, a job that was waiting on him as well the fact he could have absconded in the last two years but didn’t, Walden lowered his bail with conditions.
Kennedy’s bail was lowered to a $50,000 secured bond with the provisions he have no contact with the victims’ family, not use alcohol or drugs, not leave the state and wear a SCRAM device. A SCRAM bracelet provides 24/7 transdermal alcohol testing, according to scramsystems.com.
The accident that resulted in Kennedy’s indictment occurred in December 2021.
He was driving south on Oak Run Lane in LaFollette and “was speeding too fast for conditions” at the time of the crash, according to the report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
His 2008 Chevrolet left the right side of the road “striking a tree,” the report said.
Kennedy had a blood alcohol level of .08 and tested positive for marijuana, the report said.
He will appear in court again in the next few months. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 2/8/2024- 6AM)