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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 1:00 am


Trial set for driver in fatal crash

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A trial date was set Monday for a Fort Wayne man charged with reckless homicide in a fatal crash Jan. 2. 

Donald E. Stump, 24, was driving a stolen Pontiac G6 when he plowed into the back of a pickup, killing Cornelius Key Jr., 69, court documents said.

He is charged with reckless homicide, six counts of criminal recklessness, operating a vehicle with a controlled substance or its metabolite in blood causing death, operating while intoxicated causing death and receiving stolen auto parts.  

Stump is scheduled to be tried Sept. 18. The trial is expected to last four days.

According to court documents, he was traveling 106 mph on East Washington Boulevard and caused the crash near the intersection with Harmar Street.

Blood samples showed amphetamine, methamphetamine and marijuana in his system, court documents alleged.  

Man's probation may be revoked

A man who spent a year in prison for killing a woman in a car crash in Fort Wayne in 2013 could be headed back to prison for violating the terms of his probation.

Daniel B. Heffner, 24, of Findlay, Ohio, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the crash that occurred on March 31, 2013, on Tonkel Road near the intersection with Schlatter Road. Doris Bockius was killed.

He was sentenced in 2014 to a year in prison, a year of home detention and five years' probation, according to court documents.

Heffner allegedly violated probation by being charged in Findlay with misdemeanor disorderly conduct in February, documents alleged.

In court Monday, Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck took the matter under advisement. A hearing on a petition to revoke probation is scheduled for May 7.