Prosecutors want Herlin Alvarez held without bond while he awaits trial on charges of killing two motorcyclists when he slammed into them in a pickup more than five years ago.
Alvarez, 26, will face a bond hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on Tuesday at 2 p.m. In the meantime, he is to be held without bond.
Alvarez is charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident with fatality for the deadly Nashville Highway wreck in 2008 that killed Samantha Roach, 42, and Billy Lynn Bell, 42. The two were on Bell’s motorcycle heading to get an oil change when they were struck by Alvarez’s pickup.
Alvarez, who is an illegal alien, fled the scene and had not been seen in over five years. A family member and a friend ended up doing short stints in jail for aiding his flight from justice. They were then deported back to their native Guatemala.
Alvarez’s run from justice ended last weekend when U.S. Custom’s officials caught him in Atlanta trying to board a flight to Guatemala. Alvarez is now being held at Warren County Jail pending his bond hearing. U.S. Immigration has a hold on him even if he were to be granted bond during Tuesday’s hearing.
Local attorney Bud Sharp has been assigned by the court to represent Alvarez.
The crimes for which Alvarez is charged are both Class E felonies that carry one to two years in prison. Under sentencing guidelines, even if convicted and given the maximum sentence, the most he would likely face in jail is around six months. There is a possibility higher charges could be sought once the case goes before the grand jury should Alvarez be bound over.