Judge denies requests in Bowman case
by The Associated Press
May 16, 2013 12:00 AM | 420 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A judge has denied a request by the man charged in a February hit-and-run in Athens that critically injured a Woodstock teen.

William Wilson Heaton Jr., 22, appeared in Clarke County Court on Wednesday and asked a judge to let him remove his ankle monitoring device and move to Bartow County for work, the Associated Press reports.

Both requests were denied, and Heaton was ordered to stay in Oconee County, where he lives with his mother, according to the Associated Press.

The monitoring device was a condition of Heaton’s bond, which was set at $50,000.

Heaton has been charged in the Feb. 19 accident in which he is alleged to have hit Woodstock teen, Emily Bowman, 19, with his vehicle as she walked along an Athens road and fled the scene.

Bowman, who has been in the hospital since, was in a coma following in accident and sustained severe brain injuries.

Family members said Monday that she is to be released from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and return to her Woodstock home May 29, though she has had recent difficulties in her recovery.

Heaton is charged with hit-and-run, DUI, serious injury by motor vehicle, failure to maintain lane, open container and reckless driving.

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