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Charges of Manslaughter Upped to Murder Due to Twitter

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

According to Fox News, a California man’s comments on Twitter have caused his charges of vehicular manslaughter to be upgraded to charges of murder in connection to the death of a bicyclist.

About the Bicycle Accident

  • Cody Hill, 18, has been accused of killing bicyclist Diana Hersevoort, 58.
  • Mr. Hill was traveling 80 mph in a 40 mph zone when he hit Mrs. Hersevoort and her husband.
  • Mr. Hersevoort suffered a broken arm from the collision.

Twitter Post- From Manslaughter to Murder

  • Though Mr. Hill was originally charged with vehicular manslaughter, the charge has been changed to murder.
  • The decision was made when prosecutors came across comments made on Twitter in which Mr. Hill boasted about speeding.
  • The prosecution feels that these tweets in combination with Mr. Hill’s driving record constitute the charge of murder.
  • According to district attorney’s office of Santa Clara, the tweets will likely be presented as “pre-offense statements” during trial.
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