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Trial for hit-and-run suspect set

William Eugene Shelley

William Eugene Shelley

KINGMAN - A trial date for an elderly man accused of causing an accident that killed a Golden Valley man is tentatively set for mid-August.

William Eugene Shelley, 75, is charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident in connection with the crash that killed 45-year-old Golden Valley resident Kenneth Grantham.

Grantham was headed west on his motorcycle on Andy Devine Avenue Dec. 21 when police say Shelley's blue pickup turned into his path while making a left onto Fairgrounds Boulevard. Witnesses said the pickup hesitated after the crash before continuing down Fairgrounds. Grantham died within an hour of the accident.

Shelley was arrested eight days later after an anonymous tip led them to his blue pickup at his home in the desert off of N. Stockton Hill Road.

Police said the truck's side panels and wooden slates, two features mentioned in a police alert for the vehicle, had been removed. Shelley allegedly told police he left the scene because he is on a fixed income and couldn't afford insurance.

Shelley's public defender, Robin Puchek, has filed a motion to suppress evidence gathered at Shelley's home that day because he says the warrantless search violated his client's Fourth Amendment rights.

He added that any statements made by Shelley to police would also be inadmissible since they were the product of the warrantless searches.

Prosecutor Robert Moon had no comment on the motion and said he would file his response by July 9. Police said they used both aerial and ground surveillance in locating the vehicle after receiving an anonymous tip.

Shelley has been offered a plea deal in the case, in which he would plead guilty to the original charge in exchange for anywhere from probation up to 7-1/2 years in prison. The sentence would be at the discretion of Judge Steven Conn, who is presiding over the case. That offer remains on the table, Moon said.