The trial of Jason Collins is set for August 11, 2014 in Livingston County, but his attorney has asked for a change of the venue. Jason Collins was accused of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence after he allegedly caused the death of a police officer in Pontiac. He was arrested on October 30, 2013 after crashing into the side of a marked police car while intoxicated. The vehicle was occupied by Casey Kohlmeier and his K-9 partner, Draco. The accident occurred north of Pontiac on interstate 55 in the median.
This event created a great stir throughout Pontiac because of the local recognition and popularity of Kohlmeier with the Pontiac Police Department. Media coverage of the case revealed that 93% of respondents to a survey that was used to form the jury pool suggested that a strong prejudice exists against the defendant. With the interests of the entire community involved, Brendan Bukalski, Collin's defense attorney, believes that the trial would hold a biased jury pool in Livingston County. For that reason, he has suggested having the trial moved to another county in pursuit of the fairest trial possible. His goal is to protect the integrity of the justice system. He believes that moving the trial would allow the jurors the opportunity to hear the facts with a clear and unbiased mind.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime for reckless homicide, aggravated driving under the influence, or any other offense that would require a unique defensive strategy, do not hesitate to call our firm now. We can assist during each stage of the case, even as your case is under investigation. We offer free consultations, so get the aggressive representation you need today!