Defense has 45 days to file motion in vehicular homicide case
SUNBURY - Defense attorneys for a Port Trevorton man accused of causing a wreck last year on Veterans Memorial Bridge that killed a father and his young son have 45 days to file all motions in preparation for the upcoming trial.
Brian Scott Glass Jr., dressed in orange prison clothing and shackled at the feet, appeared Friday afternoon in front of county Judge Charles H. Saylor for a pre-trial conference in Courtroom 3.
Although he was represented by Northumberland County Chief Public Defender Edward Greco Friday, Glass said he would be meeting with two attorneys from Philadelphia next week and plans to be represented by them instead of Greco.
Saylor said any new attorneys for Glass will have 15 days to submit their official appearance in the case, and then an additional 30 days to file their motions.
District Attorney Tony Rosini said the trial would likely be three or four days long with 15 to 20 witnesses, including at least five experts.
The next pre-trial conference is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4.
Rosini will confer with the court administrator to schedule the date of the trial.
Trooper David Townsend, state police at Stonington, filed 22 counts against Glass. Charges include two counts each of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, aggravated assault while DUI and homicide by vehicle.
Other charges are five variations of DUI, one of which alleges a combination of alcohol and drugs, two counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count each of recklessly endangering another person, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving without insurance and six other summary traffic violations.
Glass remains in Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $250,000 cash bail.
Police say Glass was drunk and high on drugs on July 17, 2012, when he drove a 2002 Jeep Liberty into the oncoming lane and crashed head-on with a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Kirk A. Mahaffey, 22, of Northumberland.
Mahaffey was pronounced dead at Sunbury Community Hospital following the 8 p.m. accident. His 3-year-old son, Mayson, was airlifted to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he also was pronounced dead.