Inmate Van Driver In Court On Manslaughter Charge

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A Nebraska prison inmate waived his right to an arraignment Thursday and agreed to forgo a preliminary hearing.

Jeremy Dobbe made his first court appearance since being charged with manslaughter in the death of 47-year-old Joyce Meeks, who died June 25th when a state-owned van driven by Dobbe crashed into her minivan in Lincoln.

By waiving his right to an arraignment, Dobbe didn't hear about the charge or possible penalties. By forgoing the preliminary hearing, he opted not to challenge whether prosecutors had enough evidence to charge him. Defense lawyer DeAnn Stover declined to comment.

Although Dobbe was imprisoned for methamphetamine possession, he was allowed to drive other inmates to work-release assignments when the crash occurred. The state has since ended the prison-driver program.

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