St. Libory triple-fatality case going to trial court

(Source: KNLV)
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ST. PAUL, Neb. (KSNB) The man accused of killing three people and an unborn baby in a July car crash will now go to trial court on four felony charges.

Jessie Scarlett, 35, Grand Island, is charged with three counts of felony manslaughter in Howard County. He is also charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide of an Unborn Child.

The fatal accident happened July 10. Court records indicate Scarlett was driving an eastbound pickup which ran a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 281 and Highway 58 about two miles north of St. Libory. Scarlett's pickup struck a north-bound pickup killing Eric John, 48 and Tara Roy, 41, both of Dannebrog. A passenger in Scarlett's pickup, Brianna Loveland, 19, Grand Island, was also killed.

Court records show that Tara Roy was pregnant and due to deliver a boy identified in an affidavit as Samuel Lucas. The unborn baby died as a result of the accident.

He was arrested July 19 after his release from CHI-St. Francis hospital in Grand Island. Scarlett was injured in the accident and had been hospitalized until the time of his arrest.

The affidavit also refers to drug tests done on Scarlett two days after the accident which came back positive for amphetamines, cannabis and opioids.

Wednesday, Scarlett waived an evidence hearing in Howard County Court in St. Paul. A Howard County judge transferred the case to District Court where it may go to trial. Scarlett is expected to enter a plea at a hearing scheduled in District Court September 20.

If convicted on the manslaughter and motor vehicle homicide charges, Scarlett could get up to 63 years in prison.

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