January 21, 2011 | 10:30 AMElkhorn - A jury trial has been set for early March in the case against Jeremy C. Dees.
Dees is charged with homicide by negligent use of a vehicle following the death of 9-year-old Carter Dorwin on a Tuesday morning, Nov. 16. Dorwin, along with his mother and brother were on their way to Eastview Elementary School when Dees struck the Dorwin vehicle along Highway H in the Como flats area just outside of Lake Geneva. He also is being charged with two misdemeanor counts of reckless driving causing injury.
On Friday, Jan. 21, Dees pleaded not guilty in front of Walworth County Circuit Court Judge John Race. All three charges will be tried together.
Family members and friends were in attendance to support both Dees and the Dorwins.
Dees remains in custody and appeared in an orange jail jumpsuit, his left arm still in a sling.
Most of the 35-minute appearance revolved around whether to allow Dees to be released from jail and return to Oostburg, where his family resides.
Following a lengthy discussion, Race said he was concerned about Dees' previous actions, including bailjumping and other violations. He set a $50,000 cash bond. Bond was previously set by Judge Robert Kennedy at $250,000 when alcohol was believed to be a cause of the accident. Since the crash, neither alcohol nor drugs were found in Dees' blood.
The homicide count is a felony and, if convicted, Dees may be fined not more than $25,000 or imprisoned not more than 10 years. The misdemeanor charges carry each between a $300 and $2,000 fine and between 30 days and a year in prison.
Check out next week's Regional News to find out whether Dees remains in custody and new facts about what might have happened that day.