Court date moved in case of man charged with knowingly giving wife HIV

Court date moved in case of man charged with knowingly giving wife HIV

September 8th, 2011 by Staff Reports in News

James Hutchins

The court date for a man accused of knowingly infecting his pregnant wife with HIV has been moved again, this time to Nov. 15.

James Hutchins, 46, was free on a $10,000 bond Tuesday when he was scheduled to appear before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge David Bales on the rare charge.

His first court date was set for Aug. 2, then moved to Tuesday so that he could hire an attorney. Local attorney Garth Best is representing Hutchins in the Nov. 15 hearing.

The Sessions Court hearing will determine if there is enough probable cause to send Hutchins' charge to the grand jury for possible indictment.

Hutchins was convicted in 1999 of criminally exposing a partner to HIV. If convicted a second time, he would face between three and six years for the Class C felony.

On the first conviction, Hutchins was sentenced to six months in prison and five years on probation.

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