Jonathan Bradley Varner, 36, of San Marcos, Texas, was arrested and charged with Reckless Murder. The arrest stems from a fatal traffic crash in which Varner was involved on June 12. Varner was booked into the Elmore County Jail with a $15,000 bond
On June 28, 2015, about 8:30 pm, officers from the Temecula Police Department responded to a reported hit and run traffic collision involving a motorcyclist with serious injuries in the 31800 block of Rancho California Road in the city of Temecula. The suspect in the hit and run, Benjamin Liano (22) of Temecula, was detained nearby
James Cody Sanders, 18, of Alcolu was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck, according to Deputy Coroner Bucky Mock. Sanders was a passenger in Swiger’s 2003 Toyota Echo, which left the right side of the road, overcorrected, went to the left side, struck an embankment and then overturned after going to the right side again
The driver of the silver Nissan Frontier, Jaime Xahuentit Palacios, a 39 year old resident of Santa Ana, was ultimately arrested on suspicion of felony DUI resulting in death as well as driving while unlicensed. The Nissan Frontier is believed to be related to the original drunk driver call.
Martinez was arrested for DUI Third Offense, Vehicular Homicide, Suspended Driver’s License, Contributing Alcohol to a Minor, Open Container of Alcohol and Seat Belt Violation
As a result of the initial investigation, Jesse Bennett was arrested and charged with Murder, Assault 2nd Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under in Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 1st Degree (Aggravated), and Open Alcoholic Beverage in Motor Vehicle. He is lodged in the Three Forks Regional Jail.
Two vehicle passengers were declared deceased at the scene. Two additional vehicle occupants, to include the driver, were transported to a local hospital, both with serious injuries.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the occupants of the vehicle had attended an underage drinking party in area.
In one of the most egregious examples of weak prosecutors and liberal out-of-touch judges, a Delaware man was sentenced to jail for eighteen months for killing Maryland woman as he drove while intoxicated. The sentence Garrett M. Cordrey received was about the same sentence as a person charged with a misdemeanor theft rap.