[doublepost=1501171530,1490371630][/doublepost]http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/35929608/update-attorney-asks-for-sentencing-diversion-for-woodmore-bus-driverCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A Tennessee school bus driver has pleaded not guilty to six counts of vehicular manslaughter in a crash last November that killed six children.
WTVC-TV (http://bit.ly/2nvwjKF) reports that Johnthony Walker was arraigned via video Friday morning in Hamilton County Criminal Court.
Walker is also charged with four counts of reckless aggravated assault, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of reckless driving and one count of use of a portable electronic device by a school bus driver.
His next court date was set for April 19.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
UPDATE: The bus driver charged in the deadly Woodmore crash now faces additional charges.
According to the Hamilton County Criminal Court docket, Johnthony Walker now faces seven counts of assault and 14 counts of reckless aggravated assault.
The charges were filed on July 26.
Walker also faces the original charges of six counts of vehicular homicide, four counts of reckless aggravated assault, and one count of reckless endangerment, one count of reckless driving and one count of use of a portable electronic device by a school bus driver.
Walker's next court date is scheduled for August 10.
http://idahonews.com/news/nation-world/jury-continues-deliberations-thursday-in-trial-of-bus-driver-accused-of-killing-6-studentsMarch 1st 2018
Johnthony Walker has been found guilty of all six counts of criminally negligent homicide, a lesser charge than vehicular homicide.
On Thursday, jurors returned to court to continue deliberations in the trial of Johnthony Walker, the man accused of killing six Woodmore Elementary School children in a bus crash in 2016.
Johnthony Walker faces several charges, including six counts of vehicular homicide, for the deaths of 8-year-old Keonte Wilson, 9-year-old Cor'Dayja Jones, 6-year-old D'Myunn Brown, 6-year-old Zyaira Mateen, 9-year-old Zoie Nash, and 10-year-old Zyanna Harris in November 2016. You can read more about the timeline of events here.
Around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the jury came out to the courtroom to ask whether the aggravated assault charges against Walker should be considered separately or as a whole. The judge repeated his instructions from the day prior.
Thank you for the update!!http://idahonews.com/news/nation-world/jury-continues-deliberations-thursday-in-trial-of-bus-driver-accused-of-killing-6-students
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http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/38026539/update-woodmore-bus-driver-sentenced-to-4-yearsApril 24, 2018
It was an emotional day in court as a judge sentenced the driver in the deadly Woodmore bus crash.
Johnthony Walker will face four years behind bars for his role in the crash that killed six children.
Walker left the Hamilton County courthouse after being sentenced.
He is allowed to remain out on bond for 30 days, which is the time he has left to file an appeal.
"I just want to apologize for taking the lights out of your lives and how it has impacted everybody," Walker said through tears ahead of his sentencing Tuesday.
Diamound Brown, who lost her son D'Myunn, said she needed to hear it.
"I have longed for those words. I have been waiting on them to just come out of his mouth purely and I got that today," Brown added.
The judge explained his decision to sentence Walker to four years in prison, saying he weighed factors like Walker's employment and criminal history.
"The one he kept coming back to, which I think is important is that he sent him to prison to avoid depreciating the seriousness of the crime," Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston said.
The feeling inside the courtroom as the judge weighed his decision was tense.
At times, the gallery erupted as those listening became angry.
Jasmine Mateen, who lost her daughter Zyaira in the crash, was overcome with emotion.
She believes the sentence should have been longer.
"Four years isn't enough. He killed six lives, six innocent babies," she said.
Mateen was one of three mothers who addressed the court ahead of the sentencing.
Misti Nash, who lost her daughter Zoie, chose to speak on behalf of Walker, saying she forgives him.
"I remember seeing your face the day of the bus crash and I seen how you looked and I seen how hysterical you was and I seen the emotion," Nash said.
The man convicted in the fatal Chattanooga school bus crash in 2016 was arrested and charged with aggravated statutory rape in Nashville.
According to the arrest report, Walker admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old on five occasions. He had been staying with the victim’s family for last few months. His bond was set at $350,000.
Walker was currently out on bond, pending appeal in Chattanooga.
UPDATE: The mother of D'Myunn Brown has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against Durham School Services and Johnthony Walker in the 2016 Woodmore bus crash.
The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.
PREVIOUS STORY: Two Hamilton County employees have filed lawsuits against school bus contractor Durham, saying they suffered emotional trauma from the 2016 Woodmore bus crash.
A secretary at Woodmore, Alisha Bibbs, and a teacher at the school, Stephanie Muhammed, say they were expected to return to work the next day after the crash and act normal.
The lawsuits allege negligence on Durham's behalf.
PREVIOUS STORY: There are two new lawsuits claiming gross negligence as the cause of the deadly Woodmore Elementary School crash.
The lawsuit states two children suffered "disability, loss of the enjoyment of life and psychological pain" when Johnthony Walker lost control of the bus and overturned on Talley Road on November 21, 2016.
Their attorney, Herbert Thornbury, named Walker, Durham School Services and National Express in both complaints and asked for $1 million each in damages.
PREVIOUS STORY: Three new lawsuits were filed on November 9 in connection to the deadly Woodmore school bus crash.
The lawsuits were filed by attorneys with Murphy, Falcon & Murphy and Berke, Berke & Berke law firms.
"The complaints allege that defendants Durham School Services, L.P., National Express, LLC, and Johnthony Walker are guilty of guilty of negligence, gross negligence, and willful and wanton conduct demonstrating a conscious indifference to the lives and safety of others," states a release from the firms.
"The Complaints further allege that Defendants Durham and National Express are guilty of negligently hiring Walker to drive the bus; negligently training him; negligently continuing to employ him after receiving numerous complaints; failing to properly supervise him; failing to install monitoring equipment to monitor him; failing to pay reasonable wages in order to obtain competent drivers; and failing to operate their system in a manner that would ensure the lives and safety of the children they were transporting," the release says.
"They also failed to maintain safe buses," the release concludes.
Damn, wish the numbers were made public. Surely this poor mom is only poor in a figurative sense, that woman and her family should be set for fucking life, multimillionaires.Here's a current update on suits.
Here's what you should know about the Hamilton County cases filed so far:
How many are there? As of Dec. 21, a month since the crash, six civil claims had been filed. Five were filed by family members of children who were on the bus and injured. One was filed by relatives of Zyanna Harris, a 10-year-old who was killed. The lawsuits ask a jury to decide what dollar amount is appropriate to compensate the families for their pain and suffering. Harris' family seeks $5.5 million.
Will they get that much money? That's up to a jury to decide, but Tennessee also sets caps on certain kinds of damages a person can receive in cases like these.
"All of these hurt children, and some dead children, and families just distraught, and our legislature has said that $750,000 for loss of love and affection is all these families should get," said Randall Kinnard, a Nashville personal injury lawyer who is not involved in the cases but who reviewed the pending lawsuits at The Tennessean's request. That $750,000 cap applies to the family members' claims related to their emotional loss; however, the families can receive additional money to compensate for medical bills or lost wages, Kinnard said.
Who are they suing? All six list Durham School Services, the private company that hired Walker, and Walker as defendants. Kinnard said employers can be held responsible for their employees' actions as long as the employee is acting within the normal scope of employment. A lawsuit filed by Harris' mother and father also names Thomas Built Buses, the bus manufacturer as a defendant.
What are their claims? Generally, the lawsuits claim Durham was negligent in training, hiring, supervising and disciplining its drivers. They allege Walker was being careless and negligent while on the road. The lawsuit that names Thomas buses as a defendant includes a product liability claim, alleging the manufacturer knowingly built buses that were dangerous. The lawsuit says the window system did not minimize risk of ejection and that the bus did not include seat belts.
What comes next? Durham School Services will file responses to each of the cases. It's also extremely likely that more lawsuits will be filed. There were 37 students on the bus, and only six civil claims filed so far.
Johnthony Walker, 26, was indicted by a Davidson County grand jury on eight counts of aggravated statutory rape and one count of exploitation of a minor, according to WSMV-TV.
Walker, who was out on bond while appealing his conviction for criminally negligent homicide and assault in the deadly 2016 crash, was arrested in June at a 14-year-old girl's home, WSMV-TV reported.
Walker admitted having sex with the teen, WSMV-TV reported, citing both an affidavit and a Nashville police sergeant's testimony.
The sergeant reportedly testified that Walker had concerns over the girl’s age and that he found it “repulsive” that it happened.
Lock that MF up until you figure that shit out .. give him time served .. one job .. PROTECT & SERVE and it’s the PUBLIC not the fucking criminals