Lavonne Beckett ordered held without bail

The man charged with killing his female passenger after he crashed his car was ordered held without bail.

Lavonne Beckett allegedly killed a woman, who has yet to be identified, when he drove his car into a pole causing her to die on impact. He is charged with second-degree murder.

He appeared in court for an arraignment, with a walker to help him with injuries sustained during the crash. His attorney requested that he be released on his promise that he would appear for his next court appearance.

The government requested that he be detained.

His attorney replied, saying that the evidence presented, at this point, does not link Beckett with the car accident. The evidence also doesn’t prove his actions are a direct cause of the victim’s death.

The government said that he had been driving far above the speed limit when he travelled into oncoming traffic and struck a pole head-on.

The judge found probable cause that he murdered the victim and ordered him held. He will reappear in court for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 29.

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