WATERLOO — Reality TV star Christopher Soules will not go on trial for his part in a crash that killed a Buchanan County farmer until sometime after April.
In a brief hearing Monday in Black Hawk County District Court, Soules, 36, of rural Arlington, waived his right to a speedy trial.
The waiver means the state does not have to be prepared to prosecute him on the charge of leaving the scene of a fatal crash within one year of his arrest.
Soules appeared in court in Waterloo with his attorneys and answered several questions posed by the judge on whether he understood the ramifications of the one-year waiver, and he answered “yes, your honor” to them.
The hearing was held in Waterloo instead of the Buchanan County Courthouse for the convenience of the parties.
Soules is accused of leaving the scene of a crash near Aurora on April 24, 2017, that killed farmer Kenneth Mosher, 66, of rural Aurora. Mosher was operating a tractor when it was struck from behind by a truck being driven by Soules.
Soules argued in earlier court hearings that he did remain at the scene and administered CPR on Mosher, that state law does not specify how long someone must remain at the crash scene.
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One of Soules’ attorneys, Brandon Brown of Des Moines, asked the judge to seal from public view any further court requests for Soules to travel out of state. Under the terms of his pretrial release, Soules must notify the court if he is to travel out of state, which he has complied with.
But Brown said that due to the high amount of public interest in Soules’ case, there have been problems associated with those notifications, including people showing up at his house after he is gone.
Judge Andrea Dryer said she would not seal any documents in the case, but said Brown could be more vague in his wording in making the request to travel. She said as long as the Buchanan County Attorney’s Office knows where Soules is traveling to and that Soules is present for his court hearings, the requests can be “kept general.”