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Last updated on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
(BEDFORD) - 20-year-old Cody Silvers, of Norman, is back in jail.
Silvers, who is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury and leaving the scene of an accident causing death was ordered back to jail by Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge Michael Robbins.
The accident killed 16-year-old Kassi Lewis-Yoskovich and injured 14-year-old Noah Brown, both of Medora. Kassi's father; Stephen Yoskovich; wearing a purple t-shirt with "Fly High Kassi" on it, was in court along with other family members.
After the judge entered a not guilty plea on Silver's behalf, he ordered Lawrence County deputies to handcuff Silvers placing him back under arrest.
"You were allowed out on bond contrary to court's order," Robbins stated. "You are on probation in Jackson County and therefore the order of this court is he will be held without bond and will be placed under arrest at this time. You cannot be out on bond if you are on probation in another case."
Silvers, who is now clean shaven and dressed in a blue t-shirt and jeans, had several family members in court who were not happy with Judge Robbins' order.
Robbins informed Silvers of the penalty of the crimes he is charged with. If found guilty he could face 2 to 8 years on the Class C felony of leaving the scene of an accident causing death and 6 months to 3 years on the Class D felony of leaving the scene of an accident causing injury.
Silvers also requested a public defender, but Judge Robbins denied that request.
"Considering you were able to post a $2,000 bond and not that that bond is going to be released you can apply that to hire your own attorney," Robbins says. "If that changes and you cannot use the bond money to hire an attorney, I will reconsider your request for a public defender."
Robbins ordered a pretrial conference for September 23 at 1 p.m. to see if Silvers had hired an attorney. Another pretrial conference was also set for October 23 at 9 a.m.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Silvers was driving a green Chevy S-10 that collided with a moped driven by Brown in the curve of George Johnson Road. Following the collision, Silvers stopped briefly and then fled the scene.
According to witnesses, Silver backed up his truck, saw the teens laying in the roadway and then fled towards Leesville.
Lawrence County Detectives secured video from a store near the accident scene showing Silvers flee the scene in a green Chevrolet S-10 that had a white hood and a diamond tool box and cooler in the back.
Detectives, who discovered pieces of rubber from the tires of Silvers' vehicle, were able to follow Silvers across U.S. 50 onto Norman Road where the trail ended about 30 feet north on Norman Road. They then located marks on the asphalt - where the vehicle was driving on the rim. Detectives followed those marks to a drive way in the 12700 block of West County Road 100 North.
Silvers was at the home and officers were given consent to search his home and outbuildings. There they found the green Chevrolet S-10 in a pole building. The white hood had been removed from the truck and was leaning against the wall.
Police say someone had removed the damaged right front passenger tire and changed it with a different one. The three other tires on the vehicle all were matching and clean, while the right passenger tire was dirty, and the rim that it was on appeared to be damaged; consistent with having been driven on asphalt.
Officers also found the cooler next to the truck, the document states.
Police questioned Silvers, who admitted that he was the driver and that when saw he had hit the teens, panicked and took off.
Silvers bonded out of jail around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after posting a $2,000 bond.
Silvers has a criminal history. On Oct. 11, 2012, Silvers was County charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated with endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor, and operating a vehicle with a Schedule I or II controlled substance, a Class C misdemeanor in Jackson County.
He pled guilty to one of the charges and the charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with endangerment was dismissed. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and placed on probation.
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