JONESBORO — A circuit judge on Wednesday set the jury trial for the suspect accused of fatally striking a Bono woman in a November 2020 wreck.
Craighead County prosecutors claim that Brooke Wells, 30, of Jonesboro, “did unlawfully and feloniously on or about Nov. 9, 2020, negligently cause the death of another person, not constituting murder or manslaughter as a result of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.”
A charge of negligent homicide was formally filed against her in February.
An Arkansas State Police crash summary suggests that Wells crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by Rosa Torres, 51.
ASP investigated the fatal crash and public information officer Bill Sadler confirmed the involvement of Wells, who was not named in the publicly-released preliminary report. Torres was ejected from her 2014 Nissan outside a Paragould home in the 5000 block of Arkansas 351 as a result of the impact, the summary read.
Wells was arrested on a bench warrant in February and released from jail on $50,000 bond. Previously represented by Matt Lunde of Jonesboro, he described his client as a locally-based real estate entrepreneur.
The jury trial is scheduled for May 17-21 at the Craighead County Courthouse, 511 S. Main St., Jonesboro.
Court records show that Wells has been ticketed several times for not wearing a seat belt and inattentive driving. Roads were dry and skies were clear during the fatal collision, ASP’s preliminary crash summary read.
If convicted, the suspect faces five to 20 years in an Arkansas Department of Corrections facility.