Plea deal close in fatal crash

By Suzanne Williams swilliamsprairiepress@gmail.com
Posted 5/3/21

MARSHALL- A plea agreement is close to being worked out in the reckless homicide case of a Paris resident.

Shasta M. Hawes, 28, Paris, is accused of killing her friend Alissa Griffith, in a drunk …

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Plea deal close in fatal crash

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MARSHALL- A plea agreement is close to being worked out in the reckless homicide case of a Paris resident.

Shasta M. Hawes, 28, Paris, is accused of killing her friend Alissa Griffith, in a drunk automobile crash in the fall of 2020 in rural Clark County.

“We have a plea worked out...looking at one more portion to be resolved by Monday or Tuesday,” Clark County State’s Attorney Kyle Hutson told presiding Judge Tracy Resch during a status hearing Wednesday, April 28.

Resch set a final pretrial conference at 9 a.m. Monday, May 3.

The state filed an added amended charge of a Class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol with a BAC greater than .08.

Hawes was initially charged with two counts of a Class 2 felony aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and a Class 3 felony reckless homicide.

Hawes is accused of crashing and killing Griffith of Terre Haute, Ind. Illinois State Police reports indicate Hawes was traveling southbound on Clark County Road 1540 east when she failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of her 2013 Jeep. The vehicle ran off the road before overturning end-over-end and coming to rest on its top.

Griffith was ejected from the front passenger seat and pronounced deceased at the scene by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.