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A&M student faces charges in death of Baylor freshman

Jan. 17, 2001

Indictment result of accident involving motorcycle, SUV

By JOHN HALL

Staff Writer

A Texas A&M University freshman has been indicted on an intoxication manslaughter charge in the aftermath of a Sept. 3 motorcycle accident that killed a Baylor freshman.

The charge is a second-degree felony and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Heath Keagan Davis, 19, and his friend, Kingwood freshman Jonathan Graham Hatfield, were riding a motorcycle that collided with a sport utility vehicle that was pulling out of a private driveway. Davis was driving the motorcycle. Hatfield died as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident, and Davis was indicted in December.

Peter Kheim, Bryan assistant district attorney, refused to comment on the specifics of the case but said intoxication can be proven in several ways, including a breath test or an officer's observation that the person does not possess 'reasonable use of his faculties' on the account of drug or alcohol use.

Davis' family has appointed Jim James, a Bryan attorney, to represent the student at his arraignment, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday in the 85th District Court in Bryan, presided over by Judge J.D. Langley.

James refused comment on the specifics of the case, but did say 'the whole situation is tragic.'

Queen Walker, a victim coordinator for the Bryan district attorney's office, said she has had contact with Hatfield's family through correspondence and phone calls.

She would not comment on their conversations, but said she usually advises families of victims about the criminal justice process and possible consequences for the accused.