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Trial date set for woman charged with manslaughter

By Louis Ojeda Jr. and John Cuoco

WACO – A judge has denied a plea deal for a woman charged with manslaughter for allegedly causing an auto accident which killed a man last year.

“I believe this is what the majority of the biker community wants, they want this on her record as a felony,” Jason Harris, a friend of the victim, said.

In December, Trena Evette Mitchell, 39-years-old, who is legally blind, reportedly killed a motorcyclist after failing to yield right of way while making a left turn on East Lake Shore Drive.

The motorcyclist, Richard Schroeder, was delivering charity Christmas toys that afternoon.

“We have a huge loss, just a giant hole here,” Harris added.

Mitchell is also charge with Injury to a Child as her child was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. She appeared in the 19th District Court Wednesday morning where a judge denied the plea deal and her trial date has been set for August 17.   Mitchell’s attorney Phil Martinez told News Channel 25 he will approach prosecutors again in hopes to negotiate another plea before trial and said jail time is still not needed.

Friends and fellow-bikers are said they plan on showing a great deal of support for Schroeder come August.


 News Channel 25, Texas   http://www.kxxv.com/global/story.asp?s=12657886

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