Jessie Scarlett returns to court for preliminary hearing

ST PAUL, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island man accused of killing three people and an unborn baby was back in court Monday morning. Jessie Scarlett had his preliminary hearing and arraignment in Howard County District Court.

Scarlett and his defense attorney sit in court during his preliminary hearing. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

Prosecutor brought two witnesses to the stand. Both were officers who responded to the July 10th accident. They testified to what they saw that day and what Scarlett told them after the accident.

One State Trooper said they estimated he was driving between 66 to 71 miles per hour when approaching the stop sign. He did slow down and was only going about 55 when he hit the other car. The speed limit on the road is 65.

Being that he was only going at most six miles over the speed limit, the defense attorney argued he wasn't driving reckless, just negligent. He said that Scarlett should not be facing felonies for this accident.

The judge ruled that state had presented enough evidence and she approved the case moving forward to trial. They then went right into arraignment. Scarlett plead not guilty to all three charges of motor vehicle homicide.

His trial will begin on march 23rd at 9 a.m. If he is found guilty of the three charges, each one can hold a three year maximum sentence in prison.