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Herlin Alvarez indicted for two counts of vehicular homicide
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The stakes have been upped for an illegal alien who fled the state after killing two people when he struck their motorcycle five years ago.
The hit-and-run driver, Herlin Alvarez, 26, has been indicted on nine criminal counts for the deaths of Samantha Roach and Lynn Bell, both 42.
Among the charges are two counts of vehicular homicide, both of which carries three to six years in prison. Alvarez has also been indicted on two felony counts of reckless homicide, carrying two to four years, and criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident with fatality, both of which carry one to two years. He faces a single misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license.
The indictments mark a stark increase in the charges facing the defendant as he only faced one to two years in prison for leaving the scene when he went before the grand jury. The remainder of the counts were added by the grand jury during its regular session Friday after members heard evidence about the wreck and his flight from justice.
Alvarez, who is being held without bond, was captured in Atlanta earlier this year after five years at-large. He fled Warren County after the fatal wreck thanks to assistance of a relative and a friend, both of whom ended up serving jail time for aiding and abetting before being deported.
Alvarez was about to board a plane for his native Guatemala when U.S. Customs officials collared him. He was then sent back to Warren County to face the charges.
Lawmen say Alvarez was on the wrong side of the highway when he ran head-on into the oncoming motorcycle near Centertown. He fled the abandoned wreckage of his vehicle and was not heard from again by local authorities until his capture.
While facing indictments, Alvarez could still opt for a preliminary hearing if he so chooses since his case is on the General Sessions docket for this Tuesday. Alvarez faces deportation once his criminal cases are complete here.