Grand jury indicts man for killing 2 in June wreck

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An Upshur County grand jury has indicted a man for a fatal wreck that claimed the lives of two teenagers back in June 2016.

Robert William Frazier, 23, had his four count indictment returned Thursday.

The indictment contains four counts: two of Intoxication Manslaughter and two of Intoxication Assault. Frazier’s bond has been set at $500,000.

Frazier was arrested Thursday by DPS after a warrant was issued from the indictment. He is currently being held in the Upshur County Jail.

According to the district attorney’s office, each count of the indictment alleges a deadly weapon was used in the commission of the crime.

His arraignment is set for Friday morning before a magistrate judge.

The wreck took the lives of Haley Johnson, 19, of Big Sandy, and Bailee Russell, 17, of Holly Lake Ranch, on June 3, 2016.

 Johnson was pronounced dead a the scene by JP Rhonda Welch, her body was taken to Croley Funeral Home in Gilmer. 

Johnson was driving an SUV on SH 154 when the vehicle collided with a truck heading in the opposite direction. Russell was the daughter of Harmony ISD Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Tim Russell and Junior High Basketball and Track Coach, Jana Russell.

Two other passengers, identified as Cameron Johnson, 17, of Big Sandy, and Alecia Allen, 17, of Gilmer, were also injured in the crash. Both were taken to local hospitals for their injuries.

KETK will continue to keep you updated as we learn more information.

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