Bond was denied for 29-year-old Johnny Otis Workman Tuesday morning, the man accused of killing an Oxford man during the fourth of July weekend.
Workman appeared before Judge Eugene Benton to request bond on charges of homicide by vehicle, DUI, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, improper lane usage, no proof of insurance and attempting to elude an officer. Public defender Jennifer Arndt asked that Workman be released on bond from the Newton County Detention Center where he has been incarcerated since July 16.
According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brian Cuendet, moments before the accident occurred on July 5, a trooper had attempted to stop Workman on the Access Road. He stopped momentarily, but when the trooper began exiting his vehicle Workman allegedly sped off, traveling westbound. Roughly a mile down the road Workman reportedly lost control of his Pontiac Grand Prix and struck the motorcycle which was traveling in the opposite direction. Deputies responded to the area at Access Road and Old Oxford shortly after 3 a.m. David J. Nunnelley, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Arndt said that Workman has ties to Newton County, with a home in the community and several children and a brother living in surrounding counties. He had been working in a management position at a local fast food restaurant when the accident occurred.
District Attorney Ken Wynne argued that Workman posed a flight risk, as well as a risk of committing future felonies and a threat to the community. According to Wynne, Workman has a fairly extensive criminal background, with charges ranging from DUI and speeding to a previous attempted homicide charge out of Florida. At the time of the deadly accident, Workman was out of jail on bond from a June incident where he was charged with possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license.
Wynne also said that Workman listed his address as Eatonton not Covington; therefore he did not believe he had significant ties to the community.
Benton found that Workman did pose a threat to the community as well as a flight risk and denied bond.