Bail Set at $15,000 Dollars for Man Accused of Deadly Boat Crash
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Dozens of people show up in court to support the man accused of causing a deadly crash that killed one man and injured others including himself.
51-year-old Michael Nethercutt is still at Kennewick General Hospital and was not able to appear in person at a hearing this morning.
The judge set his bail at $15,000 after learning Nethercutt failed to appear at a court hearing in McMinnville, Oregon in 1991. Defense attorney Jim Egan also said Nethercutt has a prior conviction out of San Francisco for possesion of drugs nearly 20 years ago.
District Judge Joseph Burrowes expressed concern of possible risks of the defendant not appearing in court again.
"There is also a substantial danger to the community based on the alleged charges and the magnitude to the community and safety to the community regarding these allegations, which I will say they are just allegations right now," said Judge Burrowes.
Nethercutt's family tells us this was just an unfortunate accident and he would never hurt anyone intentionally.
Charges have not been filed yet, but he could face homicide and assault by watercraft.