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Man accused of vehicular homicide granted bond

Walter Holler (Source: Columbus Police Department) Walter Holler (Source: Columbus Police Department)

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  The Columbus man charged in an accident that left a teen dead may soon be getting out of jail.

Walter Holler, 52, requested and was granted bond Friday by Chief Muscogee County Superior Court Judge John Allen.

Holler is charged with Vehicular Homicide, Improper Lane Change and Failure to Report an Accident and Render Aid in connection with a deadly accident on May 8th on J.R. Allen Parkway near the entrance ramp for Bradley Park Drive in the westbound lanes.

Columbus Police say Holler cut over into 18-year-old Natalie Windham's lane, forcing her to swerve out if the way to avoid colliding with him. Windham lost control of her SUV and flipped over in the median, leaving her with severe head and chest injuries. She died the next day, just shy of her graduation from Smiths Station High School. Holler was arrested May 12th.

Windham's sister asked the judge to deny Holler's bond at a hearing Friday morning, saying she did not want him to get out of jail.

He was granted a $20,000 bond on his Vehicular Homicide charge and $1,500 bond on each of his other misdemeanor charges. 

The victim's family declined to comment after the hearing but Assistant District Attorney William Hocutt says the state opposed the bond since the hearing came so soon after Holler's arrest and preliminary hearing and since he only has a partial case file. Hocutt called the bond amount typical for vehicular homicide cases.

[Read: Man charged in deadly accident enters plea of not guilty]
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He says once the state gets a complete case file, it will be presented to a Muscogee County Grand Jury.

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