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Gilmer teen's charge upgraded to manslaughter in fatal wreck

From Staff Reports
Feb. 9, 2012 at 10:29 a.m.


An Upshur County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Gilmer teen on a manslaughter charge connected to a Dec. 30 wreck.

Benjamin Lee Powers, 19, had been charged with criminally negligent homicide after the crash that killed passenger 19-year-old Gilmer High senior Caderrius Green.

The charge was upgraded to manslaughter, a second degree felony, as the indictment was returned, according to District Attorney Billy Byrd's office.

Powers remains in the Upshur County Jail, held on $20,000 bond. He is slated for the Feb. 28 docket, according to the county's judicial website.

Justice of the Peace W.V. Ray pronounced Green dead at the scene of a one-vehicle wreck that happened about 10:20 p.m. Dec. 30.

Powers was driving a 2003 Ford F-250 pickup and tried to pass a vehicle in a no-passing zone on FM 49 when he lost control of the truck, according to a Department of Public Safety report.

Powers and Cody Garcia, 17, were treated for minor injuries. Powers was arrested about 1 a.m. Dec. 31.

Pick up tomorrow's Longview News-Journal for more Upshur County indictments.

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