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Manchester man charged with vehicular homicide waives right to speedy trial

William D. Charles Jr.
William D. Charles Jr. (Courtesy photo)

A Manchester man charged with criminal and traffic offenses in relation to a September fatal crash outside Taneytown appeared in Carroll County Circuit Court Tuesday, Jan. 29, to waive his right to a speedy trial.

William D. Charles Jr., 39, of the 3300 block of Main Street in Manchester, was indicted by a grand jury on six charges in relation to the death of Christopher Fleck, which occurred in the Sept. 23 accident.

William D. Charles Jr., of the 3300 block of Main Street, is charged with felony vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol, misdemeanor criminally negligent manslaughter, and four traffic charges including the use of a handheld device while driving.

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Charles was represented Tuesday by Alexander Cruickshank, an attorney with the Carroll County Public Defender’s Office. In order to adjudicate charges from the Sept. 23 crash as well as a separate arrest in August in which Charles was accused of stealing an ATV and other equipment, Cruickshank told the court the defense wished to waive the right to a speedy trial for scheduling reasons.

A Manchester man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly stole an ATV, a lawnmower and other equipment.

Judge Barry Hughes, administrative judge for the Circuit Court, accepted the waiver, known as a Hicks Waiver, finding that Charles made it knowingly and voluntarily.

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Both indictments would have exceeded the 180-day requirement for a speedy trial in February.

Maryland State Police investigated a collision that occurred around 1:20 p.m. Sept. 23 in the 3000 block of Old Taneytown Road. According to police, a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Charles crossed the double yellow line and struck head-on a 1954 Ford truck, driven by Christopher Fleck, 29. Fleck was pronounced dead at the scene.

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