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Hearing delayed in rollover death

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Kayla Bunge
July 23, 2010
— The attorney for a Delavan man who could face a homicide charge after a rollover has asked a Walworth County judge for more time for authorities to investigate the crash.

Edward M. Meyer, 23, Delavan, was driving a pickup truck near W7856 Timber Trail about 6 p.m. July 14 when the truck rolled, injuring the occupants, according to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.


Brandon P. Jeters, 19, Delavan, suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.


Karly R. Kingston, 19, Whitewater, sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn, according to the sheriff’s office.


Meyer was arrested and jailed on suspicion of homicide by negligent use of a vehicle.


Attorney Frank Lettenberger on Thursday asked Judge Michael Gibbs to postpone any court hearing for about a month to allow authorities time to continue investigating.


A hearing was scheduled Aug. 26.


Dennis Jeters said little is known about the crash that killed his son. He said Meyer and Brandon Jeters, who were friends, went to visit a friend. He said Meyer decided to do “doughnuts” in a backyard, hit a “rut” and rolled the pickup truck.


Members of Jeters’ family were in court Thursday. Some have talked about making a push that Meyer be given a lesser sentence because they believe he will suffer enough knowing he killed his friend.


Dennis Jeters said the family has not made a decision. He said many family members are from out of town and have not had a chance to get together and discuss their plans.


“I want it to be fair,” he said, “but I don’t want to see him go to jail forever.”


Meyer is being held at the Walworth County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.



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