New trial date set in vehicular homicide case

Published 10:03 am Thursday, April 14, 2011

JACKSON — A new date has been set for the trial of an Oak Hill man accused of vehicular homicide in the death of a South Point child.

The jury trial for Christopher Haines, 30, is scheduled to begin June 2 in the courtroom of Jackson County Common Pleas Judge Leonard F. Holzapfel. It is expected to last two days.

In December, Haines was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee on State Route 93 when that vehicle rear-ended a car driven by Marsha McGinnis of South Point. McGinnis’ car was stopped in the southbound lane of the highway at the 10-mile marker. Her car then skidded left of center where it was struck by a car driven by Deborah Miller of Columbus. Miller was northbound on State Route 93.

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Angel McGinnis, the 10-year-old daughter of McGinnis, was a passenger in her car. The child died at Cabell Huntington Hospital later that day.

In January, Haines was indicted on one count of aggravated vehicular homicide and three counts of aggravated vehicular assault. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.

Haines remains in the Jackson County Jail under a $100,000 bond. He is represented by public defender W. Scott Sabo.