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Trial set for DUI death suspect

Kevin Haynes, of Brookhaven, charged with two counts of driving under the influence resulting in a death, will appear before Judge David Strong for trial on Nov. 7.

In 2015, on Valentine’s Day, two individuals were killed in a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 55 in Summit.

Cpl. Brandon Fortenberry, public affairs officer for Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop M, said troopers responded to an accident at 6:32 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. A 2012 Dodge Avenger driven by Haynes, 32, had been traveling north on I-55. Near mile marker 21 in Summit, a 2013 Freightliner with an empty box trailer was parked on the right shoulder. The Dodge drifted across the white line and came into contact with the trailer, with the car eventually coming to final rest in the median.

Danielle Harris, of Brookhaven, and Courtney Maxwell, of Hazlehurst, were passengers in the Dodge.

Both Harris, 24, and Maxwell, 24, were pronounced dead at the scene. Haynes was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center with some injuries. The driver of the 18-wheeler, 55-year-old Jack Brunson, of Texas, was uninjured. 

Cleanup and crash site investigation shut down the interstate until 11 a.m.

An obituary for Harris identified her as a Chicago native who was a graduate of Brookhaven High School, Copiah-Lincoln Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi. She was a certified nursing assistant. The obit lists Haynes as her “significant other.”

Although Fortenberry said at the time that MHP was unsure what caused the car to drift over the white line, a warrant was later issued for Haynes’ arrest — on June 13, 2016, almost 16 months after the incident — for operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor resulting in death, two counts.

Haynes was ordered by the court to undergo a psychological evaluation in August 2016. On more than one occasion, his attorney was unable to attend court due to personal health issues, but Haynes’ trial has been scheduled for Nov. 7 before Judge David Strong. A date for a motion hearing has yet to be determined.

Others appearing on Strong’s docket for DUI offenses are:

• John Lagary Smith, operation of a motor vehicle while under influence of intoxicating liquor resulting in death, omnibus hearing set for Aug. 1.

• Anthony A. McDaniel, third offense of operation of vehicle while under influence of intoxicating liquor, simple assault on law enforcement officer, omnibus hearing set for Sept. 19.

• Rhonda Huszar, third offense of operation of vehicle while under influence of intoxicating liquor, trial set for Sept. 19.

Other docket entries for Strong include:

• Trevanskey Seals, failure to support minor children, omnibus hearing set for Aug. 1.

• Derek Hodges, failure to support minor children, omnibus hearing set for Aug. 1.

• Major Conway, failure to support minor children, trial set for Sept. 19.

• Derayko Conerly, failure to support minor children, began making payments May 23, trial set for Sept. 19.

• Jason Roy Wilson, failure to support minor children, sentenced June 12 — five years suspended plus five years probation, fine of $500, $9,000 restitution to DHS, court costs, placed in restitution center and remain until all monies owed are paid in full; sentence to run consecutively with any sentence presently serving.

• Terry Magee, failure to support minor children, sentenced June 23 — five years suspended plus five years post-release supervision, fine of $500, $9,897.81 restitution to DHS and continuation of $125 monthly payments for current support, court costs, placed in restitution center and remain until all monies owed are paid in full.

• Desmond Cockerham, failure to support minor children, no-show at call of trial docket on June 12, bench warrant nisi (intermediate judgment unless later changed) issued.

• Clint Cowart Jr., failure to support minor children, June 23 entering pre-trial intervention program, order remanding signed.

• Frederick J. Lewis, failure to support minor children, no motion – plea on May 23, state will remand June 12, order remanding to file June 15.

Docket entries for Judge Michael M. Taylor include:

• Richard Jeremy Little, failure to support minor children, omnibus hearing set for Aug. 7.

• Jeremy Christopher Howell, failure to support minor children, omnibus hearing set for Aug. 7.

• Lakendrick Harris, failure to support minor children, trial set for June 20, placed in pre-trial intervention class on June 5.