Bond reduction denied for Helena hit-and-run suspect

Published 11:14 am Wednesday, January 4, 2017

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA–A suspect who was allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Helena on May 2, 2016, will remain in the Shelby County jail after a Shelby County Circuit Court judge denied his request for a lower bond.



Circuit Court Judge Lara Alvis on Jan. 3 denied a bond reduction request from 28-year-old Bessemer man Damian Lamar Jackson, after “counsel from both sides presented their respective positions.”

The request to lower Jackson’s bond, which was filed in early December by Jackson’s attorney, Dan Alexander, claims Jackson’s $75,000 bond is “inappropriately and unconstitutionally high” for a non-capital offense.

The motion also stated the defendant’s “age, residence, employment, financial condition, background, family ties and relationships, lack of a significant prior criminal record and reliability as vouched by responsible members of the community” as other reasons to lower the bond.

Jackson wanted a reduced bond in order to be released under supervision of a pre-trial release or to be released to reside at a work release center, according to court documents.

On Aug. 11, 2016, charges of manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and unlawful distribution of a controlled substance against Jackson were bound over to a grand jury after a preliminary hearing.

Jackson was arrested and charged with manslaughter, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries on May 3, 2016. The charges came after 33-year-old Helena resident Holley Myrick was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident on the afternoon of Monday, May 2, 2016.

Jackson allegedly struck her with a Yukon XL SUV and fled the scene of the accident, but was later apprehended after an Alabaster police officer located Jackson and the Yukon in a driveway in Alabaster.

Manslaughter is a Class B felony and if convicted, Jackson faces up to 20 years in prison.

Leaving the scene of an accident with injury is a Class C felony and if convicted, Jackson faces up to 10 years in prison.

Jackson is now set to appear in court for a status call on Feb. 7, at 8:30 a.m.