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Cody Wright released on bond in Putnam County

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

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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It should not be up to the family. He broke the law and that like any other crime should be punished. If he does not get punished for what he has done then that just sends a message out to teens that the way to speed and not get in trouble is for someone to die. What would have happened if tables were turned and she was not his girlfriend and she died from being in a wreck with the boy. Would they feel differently?

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Wed, Dec 5, 2007, at 2:23 PM

Brandee was my cousin, and even if they weren't together, and she died with him, we would feel the same way we do now. he did not intentionally put my cousin in any danger, he would never do that, not to anyone. Our family is who is gone, and if we can accept that Cody does not deserve to go to jail, than everyone else should too.

-- Posted by Morgan_x on Thu, Dec 6, 2007, at 9:51 AM

A drunk driver doesn't mean to hurt anyone either, yet they kill thousands a year. If it were not Cody that had been driving when Brandee was killed, would you feel the same? If someone had hit them instead, from speeding and trying to out run the police. Would you be that understanding of the stranger?

I agree with beautiful, the laws are in place for a reason. They maybe able to be more lenient at sentencing, taking into account what the families wishes are, but he and others that speed have to realize, you can kill othes not just yourself. And, is that a price you want to pay for speeding?

-- Posted by loulou on Fri, Dec 7, 2007, at 11:37 AM

Maybe you all should learn the true facts about what happened before you go accusing him of "murdering" my cousin, or whatever you want to call it. if someone had hit them, that had the reason Cody has, then yes, I would still be understanding. If my family can find it in our hearts to forgive him, I don't see why anyone else shouldn't forgive him too.

-- Posted by Morgan_x on Fri, Dec 7, 2007, at 1:22 PM

he has a reason, because the doctors told him a reason. and if you really want to argue about it, then have fun. but if you're just going to keep insulting him/my family, then i'm done with explaining.

-- Posted by Morgan_x on Fri, Dec 7, 2007, at 2:45 PM

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