Former EMT, Reserve Deputy Justin Whaley Indicted On Multiple Charges In Wrong-Way Traffic Death

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Justin Whaley
Justin Whaley

The Hamilton County Grand Jury has returned multiple indictments against Justin Whaley, former county EMT and voluntary reserve deputy for the Sheriff's Office, in a  wrong-way traffic death.

Whaley, 37, was indicted for vehicular homicide, reckless driving, driving on a divided highway, failure to yield, failure to maintain lane, speeding, failing to exercise due car and DUI.

The deadly accident happened on Highway 111 in the early morning hours of July 3, 2018. Whaley was driving the wrong way and hit a car driven by James Brumlow. Mr. Brumlow was killed.

Whaley was charged earlier and General Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes set a $600,000 bond. There was an immediate appeal to Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman, who lowered the bond to $50,000.

Judge Steelman said he lowered the bond because Whaley had no criminal record and was not a threat.

Defense attorneys are Lee Davis and Gary Gerbitz. 

James Brumlow and wife
James Brumlow and wife

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