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BREAKING NEWS: Teen released on bond

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

GREENCASTLE -- A Clay County teenager who led law enforcement on a high-speed chase, ending with the death of a Northview High School student was released on bond Monday.

Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley set bail for Cody D. Wright, 18, Brazil, at $10,000 with a $1,000 surety bond Monday. Wright's parents posted the surety bond after the hearing.

Wright is facing charges of resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness, both Class B felonies.

Putnam County Prosecutor Timothy Bookwalter said a pretrial has been scheduled for Jan. 25, 2008.

"The bottom line is, he took a life, he broke a law, in my opinion," Bookwalter said.

On Tuesday, Wright's attorney, Edward McGlone, said he was waiting for more information from the state regarding the case.

"The next step for us is to get the discovery information from the state," McGlone said, "and see what evidence the state has."

On Nov. 17, Wright was "clocked" at 117 mph in a posted 45 mph speed zone near Putnamville. He was then clocked at 129 mph further west on United States 40 near the Clay/Putnam county line by Indiana State Police officials.

According to law enforcement officials, Wright was seen locking up his vehicle while turning on the county line.

Traveling south on County Road 500 East (CR 900 West in Putnam County), he was clocked at speeds of approximately 85-90 mph. Wright then lost control of his vehicle on a small hill south of CR 875 S. The vehicle went up an embankment and became airborne before striking a tree.

Wright's passenger, Brandee N. Siples, 17, Brazil, died as a result of the crash. Autopsy results determined that Siples had died from massive head trauma.

"What gets forgotten is we have a young lady that's dead," Bookwalter said. "There's a price for that."

During Monday's proceedings, McGlone, Terre Haute, said the 18-year-old should be free on bail due to the frequent treatment he would be receiving as a result of his injuries from the crash.

McGlone told The Brazil Times Tuesday that Wright was seriously injured as a result of the accident and that a top priority was getting him back to good health.

Bookwalter said Wright appeared in court Monday wearing a neck brace.

It has been documented that several of Siples' family members have said they did not want Wright charged.

But Bookwalter has a different view regarding the situation.

"Just to say, 'don't charge him,' that creates a dangerous precedent," he said. "He's either going to have to plead guilty or go to trial."

McGlone, however, said he believed the families' desire to not press charges should have been considered.

"I wish that the state had respected the wishes of the victim's family," he said. "I think they've suffered enough."


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You know, this isn't a "lynching" against Cody Wright. This is "justice" - the way the Law was written. I am in TOTAL agreement with Mr. Bookwalter, yet understand where the Siples' come from .. my heartfelt sympathies go out to both families. Cody had a choice that night and he made it. Now he has another choice to make: plead guilty or go to trial. I don't envy this young man, nor am I a sadist .. there is Law for a reason. Put away the fragile ego feelings and make this young man claim responsibility for his actions.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Dec 4, 2007, at 10:39 AM

It was said to put away fragile ego feelings and make this young man claim resposibiliy for his action. Lynching or justice? You have only heard and read the government side. Stand down!!! If the Siples family can forgive young Wright the least we can do is hear both sides of evidence.

-- Posted by Daryl on Tue, Dec 4, 2007, at 1:08 PM

No one has heard all the evidence yet. Sides are being taken on emotion or on what has been on the news or local gossip. We as the public need to be patient for the legal system to work, and we need to pray for the families of all involved.

Our opinions (on this site, on other sites, or in our personal conversations) should be peppered with compassion, and with a lack of personal attacks. Our legal system can not be effective if it only ran on emotion or hearsay. Laws need to be upheld based on facts given in a court room, if it comes to that. A burden no one would take lightly. Hopefully this terribly sad event can somehow bring enlightenment to the other young drivers in this community.

The only difference we as private citizens at this point can make is to reach out to our own children and make sure they see that this can happen to them if they choose to drive irresponsibly, even for that matter us adults. Teens do not think they can really die, this is a wake up call. They have to understand they also could face the heavy burden of some else's death on their heads. That they too can face prison time for things done behind the wheel and not just a speeding ticket.

We all touch others' lives every day by the choices we make. Let's make an effort for those moments to be for the good and not the bad.

-- Posted by localgal on Tue, Dec 4, 2007, at 11:34 PM

Those that speak without knowing are those that speak with ignorance. Sorry Emmes, Daryl and Localgal are right. Not all the evidence has been presented yet. I do know one thing though, I personally know Cody. I know that he has no recollection of what happened. I know that there are doctor's that think it's very possible to be medical related. Made a decision? Or unconcious of his decision? Suddenly now though, there is "evidence" being added to the story that wasn't there to begin with. I don't agree with how people are persecuting and treating Cody. Isn't the term "Innocent until proven Guilty"? How can we even claim justice when we can't even stop judging for more than five seconds, think logically, and get the facts straight?

-- Posted by ISUstudent on Wed, Dec 5, 2007, at 9:44 AM

He drove about 10 miles at very high speeds, I don't believe he could have maintained control for that long at those speeds if something was seriously wrong with his health. My sympathy goes to the Siples family. But he must be punished for what happened, otherwise people will be getting the wrong message from a "system" that has plenty of flaws already.

-- Posted by JustinH on Thu, Dec 6, 2007, at 5:30 PM

I'm not saying he shouldn't be punished, I'm saying the punishment should fit the crime. Due to recent information, I'm pleased to announce that they might actually come to a reasonable punishment.

-- Posted by ISUstudent on Fri, Dec 7, 2007, at 1:12 PM


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