HARRISBURG — Trials were set Wednesday for two people accused of drunken driving and killing others behind the wheel.
Kristopher Gould, 26, of Jonesboro, faces charges of negligent homicide and possession of an open alcohol container in a vehicle.
Gould crossed over the barrels placed along Interstate 555 and fatally struck Preston Bradfield, a 22-year-old construction worker from Kansas City, according to previous Sun reporting. When Arkansas State Police Trooper Tommy Fitzgerald responded to the scene, he said Gould’s 2010 Chevrolet Impala was flipped over in a ditch.
Gould told Fitzgerald that he consumed “six or seven beers but wasn’t drunk,” the trooper testified in May. After receiving medical treatment and a blood draw at a local hospital, he was arrested and held in the Poinsett County Detention Center.
Gould was later released from jail on a $5,000 bond.
Court records show Gould’s negligent homicide charge is a Class B felony, which is punishable by five to 20 years in state prison and a fine not exceeding $15,000. A person commits felony negligent homicide when they operate a vehicle while intoxicated, according to Arkansas penal code.
Plea and arraignment for Gould is set for Sept. 8, with a trial period scheduled from Sept. 21-25 at the Poinsett County Courthouse, 401 Market St., Harrisburg.
In another case, an August trial was set for a Forrest City woman state police say crashed her vehicle she was driving, killing a boy riding in her vehicle, online records show.
Shaina Revelle, 31, was arrested June 4 in connection to a fatal wreck that occurred that afternoon in rural Poinsett County.
Revel was driving a 2006 Hyundai Elantra northbound on Arkansas 308 when the vehicle left the right side of the road, ASP reported. The car entered a ditch and rolled over, before landing upside down in water.
The name and age of the boy were not disclosed in the preliminary crash summary. Requests for court filings were not fulfilled Thursday by Poinsett County Circuit Clerk Misty Russell.
Also charged with felony negligent homicide and possession of an open alcohol container, Revelle is set to appear in court for plea and arraignment Monday.
Her trial is scheduled from Aug. 18-21 in Harrisburg.