New court date set for Janet Hinds in deadly hit-and-run with Chattanooga police officer

New court date set for Janet Hinds in deadly hit-and-run with Chattanooga police officer

September 4th, 2019 by Rosana Hughes in Breaking News

Janet Hinds

Janet Hinds

Photo by Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

Attorneys for Janet Hinds, the woman accused of hitting and killing Chattanooga police officer Nicholas Galinger, asked a Hamilton County judge for a later court date on Wednesday. 

Hinds' case was scheduled to appear before Judge Don Poole Wednesday morning, but her attorney Ben McGowan said some files still had not been entered into discovery.

He asked Poole to set the new date for Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m. 

Hinds faces 10 charges, including vehicular homicide by way of intoxication and driving under the influence, in the Feb. 23 death of 38-year-old Galinger. While prosecutors say her drinking and speeding contributed to the fatal incident, her defense attorneys, Ben McGowan and Marya Schalk, have argued Galinger wasn't visible as he inspected an overflowing manhole on Hamill Road: The road sign over the manhole had lost its reflective cover, Galinger and his field training officer were dressed in blue and not wearing reflective vests, their cruiser lights weren't on, and it was dark and raining.

(Read more: Judge rules Janet Hinds violated conditions of release, raises bond and increases number of random drug tests)


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