Hawes trial postponed for one month

By Suzanne Williams swilliamsprairiepress@gmail.com
Posted 4/5/21

MARSHALL — A Paris woman who faces three felony charges following a fall automobile accident that left one dead was in Clark County court Wednesday, March 31. A new trial date in May was …

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Hawes trial postponed for one month

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MARSHALL A Paris woman who faces three felony charges following a fall automobile accident that left one dead was in Clark County court Wednesday, March 31. A new trial date in May was scheduled.

Shasta M. Hawes, 28, Paris, is accused of driving a 2013 Jeep that crashed and killed front seat passenger Alissa Griffith, 26, Terre Haute, Ind. Hawes is facing two counts of a Class 2 felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, a Class 3 felony reckless homicide and improper traffic lane usage charges.

Fifth Circuit Court Judge Tracy Resch noted at the beginning of Wednesday’s court session that a letter from the Paris Human Resources Center indicated Hawes was discharged from treatment due to non-attendance, before he questioned defense attorney Tobias Ortega and Clark County State’s Attorney Kyle Hutson as to why negotiations can’t be completed by the April 13 original trial date.

Hutson indicated he has been in contact with the victim’s family.

“I am in the process of talking with them,” he said in open court.

Resch set the new trial date for 8 a.m. May 11 with a pretrial conference at 9 a.m. April 28.

According to the Illinois State Police, Hawes was south bound on Clark County Road 1540 east when she failed to negotiate a curve. Hawes lost control of the Jeep which ran off the road before overturning end-over-end and coming to rest on it’s top.

Griffith was ejected from the automobile and was pronounced dead at the accident site by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.