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Wright back in court again

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

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Cody Wright is escorted out of the Clay County Courthouse by Clay County Justice Center Jailer Wayne Payne Wednesday. Ivy Jackson Photo.
Although serving seven years at the Indiana Department of Corrections for resisting law enforcement resulting in death of his girlfriend, Brandee Siples, Nov. 17, 2007, Cody Wright's legal troubles are not over.

Wright, 19, Brazil, was returned to the Clay County Justice Center Tuesday so he could appear before Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers Wednesday for a class D misdemeanor charge of reckless driving in Clay County. The present charges occurred before Wright's involvement in the fatal accident.

Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger told The Brazil Times the case is a separate legal matter pending against Wright originating from a reckless driving incident in May 2007.

Because Wright apparently had no criminal background at the time and was charged with committing a misdemeanor offense, he was a candidate for the pre-trial diversion program. The program allows for a case to be dismissed after a set period -- usually one year, thereby avoiding a conviction -- as long as formally negotiated and court approved legal requirements and conditions have been fulfilled.

A pre-trial diversion was negotiated and formally filed on Wright's behalf in September 2007.

The agreement was then revoked after the November accident in Putnam County.

Reberger urged the public to remember that Wright, who pled guilty in the Putnam County case, is legally considered innocent.

"These are two separate legal cases," Reberger said. "Wright is innocent until proven guilty, unless he enters a guilty plea in a court of law."

Judge Akers refused to hear a discussion about a plea agreement Wednesday, because he could not order Wright's sentence to be concurrent or consecutive with the June 12 decision handed down by Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Mathew Headley.

A legal determination will have to be made as to whether the Clay County sentence takes precedence and Putnam County adjusts their sentencing requirements or the two sentences can be connected.

Until then, Akers entered a not guilty plea on Wright's behalf and set a trial date on the matter for Sept. 16, at 1:30 p.m. Wright was placed back into the custody of the IDOC.

"At this time, we do not know if the trial will need to take place," Reberger said about the court's attempt to settle the legal technicality before the trial date. "We don't want any technicalities in this case."


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i bet we won't go 1 day without someone bashing the police on this post.

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 5:20 AM

Leave the boy alone. He is suffering enough. Don't you have drug dealers and thieves to catch and convict!!!!!

-- Posted by Innocent on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 8:45 AM

This is not a police bashing. The boy has a driving problem and needs to spend time in the clinker thinking about it. Why should he be left alone? He broke the law!

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 10:17 AM

Leave him alone? He took a young beautiful life away from someone. This young lady won't get to enjoy the things in life that a lot of us take for granted. Yes I agree that drug dealing and thievery are very serious but I also believe taking someone's life is just as important.

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 10:22 AM

It's just a sad situation that he didn't learn from his first offense and continued on to take the life of a completely innocent young girl.

-- Posted by asil on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 11:04 AM

That boy shouldn't be left alone at all everyone should remind him of what he did! What was he even thinking either way he was gonna die or go to jail! Of course he didn't die but he killed a wonderful beautiful girl that had her whole life in front of her! So you know i'm not going to stop saying stuff about him because you woulda thought he was smarter than that but i guess not! I think and feel that he should be in there for the rest of his life he shouldn't get the chance to start over! Brandee didn't get that choice!

-- Posted by RIP BNS on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 11:37 AM

Leave him alone??? You have got to be kidding. If he is old enough to make adult choices and brake laws than he should be man enough to sit in jail and think about it.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 10:02 PM

He has to live with the death of his girlfriend for the rest of his life.

-- Posted by Army_girl17 on Fri, Jul 18, 2008, at 12:01 AM

Leave him alone? I have to wonder if you would feel that way if it was your daughter (if you have children) or your sister.Would you want him left along then? This boy killed an innocent young lady because he wanted to out run the cops again.I know if it was my daughter or sister or any one of my sons there is no way I would leave him alone. I would have fought like mad to make sure he got the max sentence he could get for taking my childs life. Brandee's parents bless their hearts are better people that I could be in this situation.This beautiful young ladies life was taken because he chose to take it. Leave him alone I hope they remind him everyday of his life what he has done to this young ladies family. At least his mother and father get to see him. Brandee's mother and father do not get that chance all the they get to do is wonder what could have been, what would Brandee choose to do with her life. What a successful young lady she would have been. Sad so very sad. JMO

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Fri, Jul 18, 2008, at 10:15 AM

Oh BOY! Here we go again. You know this kid still drives around like a idiot! Next time he wont be so lucky....it may be HIM next time! This kid does not deserve a break! PEROID! The past is the past but what happens if he kills someone else?

-- Posted by WhyInBrazil on Fri, Jul 18, 2008, at 12:04 PM

How is he still driving around if he is in jail? Is he out on probation? Wait... he was not coming sentenced in Clay County and might have to actually serve time!

-- Posted by sassypants on Fri, Jul 18, 2008, at 1:21 PM

What really get me is that all of you people sit and judge him for the wreck. It isn't like he had a set plan for her to die. Im sure there is plenty of other people that drive the same way. No one ever wants to say the good things about people all they want to do is complain about the bad. Im sure one of these days he will be judged by the right person, untill then maybe all of you should think about the wrong things you have done in your life that you can not change.

And of all. This has nothing to do with the police. They are doing their job just as anyone else does theirs.

-- Posted by crzygirl on Sat, Jul 19, 2008, at 10:02 AM

crzygirl: I don't know too many people that were clocked doing 129mph in a 45 mph zone. His driving record was extensive, and he completely ignored the law for his own pleasure. I don't want to be judgemental, but it is hard to ignore the facts. I am sure that he has some positive attributes, but unfortunately for Brandee, this one, out weighs all of them.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sat, Jul 19, 2008, at 6:36 PM

I find it ridiculous that he's innocent.But hey i guess thats the way law works...He had a choice to make and he ended up making a wrong one.and I doubt that he'll even serve the seven years...he'll get a pat on the hand is what he'll get.

-- Posted by sweetsimplicity on Mon, Jul 21, 2008, at 7:00 PM

Do any of you stop and think that maybe this gentlemans family, that didn't asked to be put through this situation sees or hears from others the ugly, hatful words that spew from your mouth or in this sitution from your fingers as you type.

Your entitled to your own opinion and expressing it. But I don't think your thinking about everyone in the whole picture. There have been comments in the past that suggest we put our feet in the shoes of Brandy's family but what about Cody's family? Cody made a horribly wrong desicion for what reasons we don't know and as a result are putting two wonderful families through a lot of heart ache, embarassement and stress. But to spend our valued time rehashing this out and being hateful to one another is insane. Did you ever think that the person who posted the comment to please leave Cody alone might be a young person stuggling with this situation?

Someday you too will be judged for the words you say and the actions you take.

-- Posted by hoosiertwins on Tue, Jul 22, 2008, at 11:23 AM

Sweetsimplicity: He won't. In Indiana it is 2 for one for good behavior. That is, if he behaves, he will be out in 3 1/2 years. So you won that bet already. But, lucky for us, he won't have a license for 14, but that doesn't mean he won't be out there driving. Given his lack of respect for the law, I bet he doesn't stay out from behind the wheel of a vehicle for the full 14.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Tue, Jul 22, 2008, at 7:33 PM

don't forget the time cutts that he could recieve for participating in alcohol or drug abuse programs. there is the cliff program, the plus program, and tons more that offenders can do to get time cutts.

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Tue, Jul 22, 2008, at 9:44 PM


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