Springfield, MO.- (4/11/17)
Shaun Bouley, a former deputy of the Stone County Sheriffs Office is charged with driving a car that hit and killed a pedestrian, now known as Bradly Bizzle on the night of January 22. Bouley appeared in front of a judge today, but has not yet been charged with the death of Bizzle. Experts say the reason is that manslaughter or vehicular cases take time to analyze.
Emily Shook, a Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Greene County says, “That can be for several different reasons, sometimes it’s the time that involved in doing a full crash reconstruction, sometimes it a delay in receiving lab results”.
According to court documents, Bouley was drunk the night of the incident, and was headed north on national when he hit Bizzle and continued to drive. The probable cause statement adds that Bouely knew he hit something large, a dog or a human, but didn’t stop to look back because he was quote ‘scared’. The next morning, he contacted the Stone County Sheriffs Office, and turned himself in after hearing about Bizzles death on the news. Two years ago a similar case in Springfield, involving a man named Dylan Meyer went to court. Meyer was convicted of an involuntary manslaughter drunk driving accident which killed a woman but he was given five years probation instead of jail time. Judges across the state have similar views. But Shook says, it’s a lack of resources that is really the culprit for cases like these moving forward slowly.
“I think that’s its demonstrative of a lack of resources that are available for law enforcement in general that investigations sometimes take a long time because the labs are backed up, or do so much work in a given period of time”.
At this time, the investigation is not concluded, and its hard to say if there will be any additional charges but what is known now is that Bouely has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and nothing more if convicted, he faces up to four years in prison. Bond has been set at five thosuand dollars his next court appearance, where Bouley will plead guilty or not guilty is slated for May 19th