RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — A 41-year-old man charged in the death of a Knightdale police officer last year had his bail reduction request denied on Wednesday.
Officer Ryan Hayworth was killed after an accident in the early hours of October 17.
Hayworth and another officer were responding to a single-vehicle accident on Interstate-540 East when they were hit from behind by a Mercedes being driven by a drunk driver, officials said.
Authorities identified Dedric Romero Privette as the driver of the 2011 Mercedes Benz S550.
They said he did not reduce his speed as he approached the scene of the accident.
He was charged with manslaughter by a vehicle, driving with a disability, aggressive driving, two counts of aggravated assault by a vehicle, and two counts of failing to move resulting in serious injury or death.
Privette was hospitalized for almost two months after the accident. Since then it has been held under a $2 million secured bond.
Privette was wheeled into the courtroom on Wednesday when his attorney asked the judge to lower his bail to $500,000.
Privette’s attorney said his client’s fees would add up to just over $400,000 under current bond guidelines.
“Getting him on a continuous alcohol monitor would make sure he couldn’t drink. I don’t know if he could drive in his physical condition right now,” the attorney told the judge.
The judge denied the request.
On Wednesday, Tim and Lisa Hayworth were in the same room as the man accused of killing their son for the first time.
“It’s just an awful feeling to have the person walking in and 25 feet away from you responsible for your son’s death,” Tim Hayworth told CBS 17.
Lisa Hayworth said the judge’s call brought her some relief.
“I feel like this is the first hurdle we’ve cleared. We’ve got a lot more,” said Lisa Hayworth.
Tim Hayworth said Privette would be a danger to the public if released on bail.
“I think it would belittle Ryan’s legacy and Ryan’s memory, so I’m glad that happened today. I’m thankful for the prosecutor’s office,” he said.
Several Knightdale officers were also there to show their support for the Hayworth family.
https://www.cbs17.com/news/judge-denies-bond-reduction-request-from-suspect-in-knightdale-officers-death/ Judge denies suspect’s motion for bail reduction in Knightdale officer’s death