SUBLETTE COUNTY – The vehicular homicide case against Jade S. Jewkes, of Jackson, is set to go before a 12-person jury on Monday, Sept. 20, in 9th District Court.
Jewkes pleaded not guilty at her March 25 arraignment to two charges of aggravated homicide by vehicle.
The first charge alleges she caused the death of a Pinedale man while driving with an alcohol concentration of .08 percent or more, the second that she caused his death while intoxicated to a degree rendering her incapable of driving safely, court records show. Jewkes is also charged with a misdemeanor of driving under the influence of alcohol.
She was arrested and charged after being in a fatal collision with Shane Deal, of Pinedale, on New Year’s Day on Highway 191 in the Hoback Canyon north of Bondurant. Jewkes’ erratic driving that afternoon led to motorists to report her but she collided head-on with Deal’s truck as he drove south and she drove north, according to court records.
Judge Marv Tyler gave Jewkes’ trial top priority for the week with attorneys agreeing to five trial days “if health conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic permit,” according to the case management order. The pretrial conference is set for Aug. 20 at 9 a.m.
9th District Court is in the process of preparing for COVID-19 precautions that address public safety during its upcoming in-person hearings as is the Sublette County Circuit Court.
Circuit Court is currently preparing to use both courtrooms for its April 28 six-person, one-day jury trial of Rex F. Rammell, of Rock Springs. Rammell is charged with four misdemeanor violations of the Wyoming brand inspection law, W.S.S. 11-21-103(b) in June 2019.
3rd Circuit Court Judge Gregory Corpening is presiding over the Rammell case, with deputy county attorney Stan Cannon facing Rammell, who is representing himself.