Woman accused of manslaughter found competent for a trial

OSCEOLA COUNTY — A woman accused of causing a car crash that ended the life of one young girl had a competency hearing on Thursday, Jan. 31, in Osceola County’s District Court.

Audreyonna Joy Humphries, 21, of Marion, was in court to see if she was competent to stand trial. District Court Judge Susan Grant found Humphries competent to stand trial, according to court documents.

Audreyonna Joy Humphries

Audreyonna Joy Humphries

A competency hearing is held to determine if a defendant understands the charges against them. If they are found not competent a trial will not move forward, court officials said.

Humphries is accused of driving a stolen vehicle on Oct. 18. Police said Humphries drove the vehicle at speeds reaching 75 miles an hour before losing control along 20 Mile Road in Marion Township. The car flipped over and ejected two 13-year-old girls, Jasmine Rogers and Shaylah Jordan Gascoigne, from the backseat.

Rogers died at the scene from injuries while Gascoigne suffered critical injuries. Another girl, Lauren Brocht, 12, was riding in the front seat and received minor injuries.

Humphires is charged with homicide-manslaughter with a motor vehicle, a 15-year felony, and failure to stop at a scene of accident, when at fault, resulting in death, also a 15-year felony.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department, Humphries allegedly exited the vehicle and fled the scene without seeking assistance for the injured passengers.

Humphries was reportedly found hiding in a Clare County home the next day and was arrested. Humphries is scheduled for a preliminary examination at 1:30 p.m. on March 13, in Osceola County’s 77th District Court.

She remains lodged in the Osceola County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

 

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Posted by Lonnie Allen

Lonnie is the Pioneer's city/county reporter. He also coordinates the Gardens and Growers page. He can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8328 or by e-mail at lallen@pioneergroup.com.

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