Posted on Apr 28, 2007
Henrico County prosecutors yesterday won their bid to have the manslaughter trial of 16 year-old Deep Run High School student Sarah Ann Haislip moved from Henrico County Juvenile Court to Henrico County Circuit Court, where she will be tried as an adult. Henrico County Circuit Court Judge L.A. Harris Jr. granted the motion of Henrico County prosecutors to have Haislip certified as an adult and seek an indictment against Haislip, 16, who already stands charged as a juvenile on a count of aggravated involuntary manslaughter in the New Year's Day death of Wesley Hunter Taylor. Taylor was killed when his vehicle was broadsided shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 by a Jeep Cherokee that ran a red light in front of Short Pump Town Center, according to testimony in an earlier proceeding in Henrico Juvenile Court. Police said Haislip was at the wheel and had been drinking. Under Virginia law, before a juvenile may be tried as an adult, a certification hearing must be held. Yesterday's ruling reverses a previous ruling by a Henrico Juvenile Court judge that the prosecution did not meet its burden for certification as an adult and that the case shoud remain in Henrico Juvenile Court.