Bond reduction denied for man charged in fatal Upshur County wreck

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A judge declined to reduce bond today for a Gilmer man charged in a fatal wreck earlier this year that claimed the lives of two recent Harmony ISD graduates.

According to our newspaper, the Longview News-Journal, Robert William Frazier, 23, was arrested in September and charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault in the June 3 deaths of Haley Johnson, 19, and Bailee Russell, 17.

Upshur County 115th District Court Judge Lauren Parish denied the motion Thursday afternoon after Frazier’s attorney, Tonda Curry, did not appear at a bail reduction hearing.

Parish said Curry contacted her office at about noon to file a motion for continuance, saying she was required to appear in Cherokee County at 10 a.m. for a family law case.

Parish said Frazier’s hearing was scheduled 17 days ago with Curry, who had requested emergency relief for Frazier in the case. Because of the last-minute notice from Curry, Parish said she could not reschedule the case and that she had no other option but to deny the bail reduction. Frazier’s bond remains $500,000.

Jury selection in his case has been set for Feb. 6.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety report, Russell was driving a car on Texas 154 about six miles west of Gilmer on June 3 when a second car driven by Frazier crossed over from the eastbound lane to the westbound lane, according to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Johnson died at the scene of the wreck, while Russell died in the hospital four days later.

Read the full report on the Longview News-Journal’s website.

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