Attorneys involved in the case of a woman accused of a murder in a wrong-way crash say they are awaiting opportunities to review evidence.
Cassandra Ann Garrison, 30, of St. Louis, appeared Monday in Warren Circuit Court for a hearing in her case.
She is accused of traveling the wrong way on Interstate 65 behind the wheel of a 2015 Dodge Journey that crashed head-on into a 2003 Ford Mustang driven by Amy Eakles, 41, of Alvaton, on Dec. 2
Eakles died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Garrison’s vehicle was traveling north in the southbound lanes of I-65 at the time of the crash, according to police.
Garrison was also seriously injured in the crash and treated at TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.
At Monday’s hearing, Garrison’s court-appointed attorney, Diana Werkman of the Department of Public Advocacy, said she learned a lab report quantifying the drugs in Garrison’s system was completed last week.
Werkman said she would need to review a copy of the report to determine whether to hire an expert witness to help prepare Garrison’s criminal defense.
The case has not been set for trial.
Warren Circuit Judge John Grise set a pretrial conference for Aug. 19.
“I will be prepared that day to tell you if we’re going to need a trial date or if we’re going to enter a guilty plea,” Werkman said.
Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron said his office is also waiting to obtain additional information related to the criminal investigation.
Police learned of the crash after receiving a report from dispatchers about a pedestrian on southbound I-65 at the 23-mile marker.
According to a criminal complaint sworn by Trooper Jonathan Johnson of Kentucky State Police, Johnson learned there had been a collision with injuries while traveling to the crash site.
At the scene, Johnson made contact with Jackalynn Brown, who was lying on the shoulder of the interstate.
Brown said she had been the passenger in the Dodge Journey driven by Garrison.
“Brown advised that Garrison had been drinking whiskey that day and had been suicidal and talking about running in front of a semi and letting it run her over,” Johnson said in the complaint.
“Brown also advised that Garrison had smoked methamphetamine the day prior.”
As Garrison traveled in the left lane, Brown told her to let her out of the vehicle. Brown jumped out of the vehicle when it slowed and ran to the right shoulder of southbound I-65, records said.
Garrison then made a U-turn and was traveling north in the southbound center lane when the crash occurred, Johnson said.
Garrison told police she was not performing a U-turn, but was instead attempting to move her vehicle to the shoulder, court records showed.
As Johnson spoke with Garrison, he detected a strong odor of alcohol and saw a bottle of whiskey that was “approximately two-thirds empty.”
Garrison admitted taking shots of whiskey about 1 p.m. the day of the crash, Johnson said in the complaint.