PRINCETON — A defense request to delay the Jan. 14 trial of a Patoka woman charged in connection with a Sept. 1 crash that killed James Gasaway and Trevor Watt of Princeton was denied this week.
Ashley N. Sanders, 25, is scheduled to stand trial next month, facing two Level 4 felony counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death with a blood alcohol level of .272, and two Level 4 felony counts of OWI causing death with methamphetamine and/or cannabinoids in her system.
The prosecution has also filed infraction charges of driving too fast for conditions, driving left of center, failure to use a safety belt, driving in the center lane and failure to obey signs and markings while driving a vehicle.
According to Gibson Superior Court records, the request for the trial delay was made Tuesday during an in-chamber conference of Judge Robert Krieg, Prosecutor Michael Cochren and defense attorneys Daniel Moon and Roman Ricker.
The judge did agree to reschedule a final pre-trial hearing, from 9 a.m. Dec. 13 to 10 a.m. Jan. 4. He also instructed attorneys to file witness and exhibit lists, as well as any motions a week prior to the final pre-trial hearing, and be ready for argument on any motions at the Jan. 4 hearing.
Sanders is on electronically-monitored home detention, after posting $5,000 cash bond in the case. The terms of her release to home detention include reporting to probation and submitting to random screens as directed by the probation department, while the case is pending. She is prohibited from driving or consuming alcohol or drugs, and a request for work release was denied.
According to an Indiana State Police report on the crash, Sanders was driving at least 98 miles per hour when her northbound 2013 Chrysler 2000 struck the back of Watt’s Chevrolet Cruze as it was slowed on Old 41 north of Princeton to make a turn onto County Road 225 North.