Daniel Allen Jones facing more than a dozen charges following Jan. 22 incident
In Bartow Superior Court Tuesday, Georgia Superior Court Senior Judge Shepherd L. Howell approved a State motion for continuance in the case of a Cartersville man accused of committing first degree vehicular homicide earlier this year.
According to a Georgia State Patrol (GSP) incident report, Daniel Allen Jones was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt that struck a 2016 Mercedes-Benz along Peeples Valley Road on Jan. 22. The passenger in Jones’ vehicle — Phillip Dwayne Bagley, 30, of Cartersville — was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bartow County Sheriff’s Office data indicates Allen is facing at least 14 charges from the incident, including first degree homicide by vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, driving under the influence, possession and use of drug-related objects and failure to report an accident with injuries and/or death.
Misdemeanor charges stemming from the incident include reckless driving, removing/affixing a tag with intent to conceal the identity of a vehicle, hit and run, improper lane change, improper passing, striking a fixed object, driving without insurance and at least one seat belt violation.
United States Marshals apprehended Jones two days after the incident. He has been held at the Bartow County Jail without bond since Jan. 24.
According to prosecutors, Bagley's autopsy report should be complete in about two weeks. The State is also awaiting full findings from a GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team investigation.
“The State did have a probable cause hearing, in which all the counts were bound over to be prosecuted,” said Chris Cahill, Jones’ attorney. “The State is asking for a little more time here to complete their investigation … what I ask is that a reasonable bond be placed on Mr. Jones.”
Continuing, Cahill said Jones’ parents seek to place the defendant in an inpatient treatment program in Jefferson, Georgia.
“I believe that all of these charges are the results of some sort of drug issue,” Cahill said. “Being involved in an inpatient treatment facility as a condition of bond, we would be able to keep closer eyes on him, closer tabs on him … he would not be tempted to somehow abscond.”
According to Bartow Superior Court documents, Jones received a five-year probation sentence after entering a plea of guilty to theft by taking charges in 2016.
Department of Community Supervision representatives, however, said the defendant has failed to report residence changes to his probation officer several times.
That was a factor, Judge Howell said, in his decision to deny Cahill's motion to set bond.
“He has a bad record, if not a poor one,” Howell said. “If he’s found guilty of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, he’s going to be facing more than a year in rehab.”
Under Georgia law, prosecutors have 90 days from the date of Jones’ booking to indict his case. If the State is unable to bring the case before a grand jury by that point, Jones would automatically become eligible for bond.