FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Florence man charged in the death of a Lauderdale County teen in a hit and run on Monday night made an appearance in court Wednesday afternoon.
With shackles around his ankles and wrists, deputies escorted James O’Neal Wilson into court.
Prosecutors asked District Judge Carol Medley to revoke the bond that Wilson was free on for prior charges.
Court records show that Wilson was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication back in June.
District Attorney Chris Connolly called three witnesses to the stand Wednesday during the hearing.
“We presented the evidence that he was guilty of the charge/offense that he is charged with,” explained Connolly. “So the judge has revoked his bond, and set it for a preliminary hearing on December the 10th.”
During the hearing, Connolly called Dasanto Ingram’s brother to the stand.
Ingram’s brother stated he was outside with Dasanto when the incident happened.
He says he didn’t see Dasanto get hit, but he did see a truck that was found in Wilson’s possession hit a garbage can.
“They’re in shock as you might imagine, and I can’t imagine what they are going through. But, they are in shock about losing this child and they certainly wanted him off the streets and I think it’s a public safety concern that we keep him locked up,” said Connolly after the hearing.
An Alabama State Trooper testified in court that evidence from the scene and evidence found on the truck did match up, much like a jigsaw puzzle.
The trooper also says a blood sample was taken from Wilson the night of the hit and run, and will be tested at the state forensics lab.
Jamy Poss, the attorney representing Wilson, plans to file a motion to have a full mental evaluation done.
Judge Medley says she will take that under consideration.