Teen Charged with Manslaughter in Wreck

A 16-year-old will be charged as an adult in connection with a deadly traffic accident earlier October near the Florida line in Geneva County.

James Jackson of chancellor is charged with felony manslaughter.

Jackson was reportedly speeding when he passed a vehicle and slammed head-on with a motorcycle on October 9th.

The driver of the motorcycle, 15-year-old Devon Lolley was killed.

Authorities do not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.

Jackson is out of jail on a 50,000 dollars bond.

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  • by Stephanie Location: Chancellor on Oct 31, 2007 at 08:17 PM
    I know both of these families and I personally think that it is a tragedy to ruin Tommy's life too.I am sure that this is not what Devon would want.I can assure you it was not intentional and how many times have I myself as an adult pulled out in front of someone.I just happen to have alot more experience driving and by the grace of God I have been blessed thus far.i have a 16 year old and I cannot control her actions every momoent but i know her heart is in the right place and she would never intentionally hurt anyone anymore than I think Tommy would.My heart hurts for both families because one life is lost and I am sure if given the oppurtunity in Geneva county another one will go down.Our justice system is the worst in the area.I agree 100% on that.If drugs or alclhol were involved I could understand but my God to try a 16 year old as an adult when I know people who have been pulled over drunk out of their head and let go because of who they are.This is pathetic!
  • by Anonymous Location: Malvern on Oct 31, 2007 at 07:21 PM
    The definition of accident is an event occuring by chance. Look it up. It is not by chance that someone speeds, it is by choice. Whether you are 16 or 60 and decide to make that choice be prepared for the consequence. Since drugs or alcohol was not involved this "choice" was made with a clear mind.
  • by mary Location: dothan on Oct 31, 2007 at 12:37 PM
    ANYONE that contributes to the death of another person should be punished. This was not an accident. He was on the wrong side of the road and speeding. So yes, he should pay the price for his actions. This is no different than talking on a cell phone, crossing the road and killing an innocent person. People need to start taking responsibilty for their actions and teaching their children the same.
  • by Leah Location: Malvern on Oct 30, 2007 at 05:01 PM
    Why don't we charge DUI Drivers with felony manslaughter or vehicler homicide everytime they are pulled over and fail the breat test? This is absurd! It was an acccident! The teen was speeding. There is no evidence of drugs or alcohol and they should not be charged this way. The law allows DUI drivers with not one but multiple offenses scream rehab everyday and get "off" without a day in jail. Where is the justice? I suggest this teen obtain a lawyer OUTSIDE of Houston or Geneva County for proper representation. You won't find justice here in this State! Much less in the two counties.
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