Ryan Quinton of Jasper was indicted last week by a Cherokee County grand jury on charges of first degree vehicular homicide in the Dec. 30 death of his bride of only hours, Kali Shay Dobson Quinton, court records show.
Quinton was indicted on three counts of the crime, although District Attorney Shannon Wallace clarified he can only be sentenced on one count.
First degree vehicular homicide carries a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison.
The indictment filed June 10 also alleges Quinton committed DUI and reckless driving, when he lost control of his 1979 Pontiac Firebird and it plummeted down an embankment, killing his new wife, a 26-year-old singer and orthodontist assistant.
Quinton remains in the Cherokee Adult Detention Center with no bond.
Linda Jordan, the bride’s mother, said her family is still there for Quinton and have been in almost daily contact to check on him.
“The entire family has been visiting with him,” she said Monday.
Jordan said Quinton is a strong person, but “He is very heartbroken and much in need of compassion and prayers right now.”
Quinton has been in the Cherokee jail since May when he was picked up on another DUI charge in Pickens County, which authorities said violated the conditions of his arrest in February on the charges in the December crash.
He was released from custody in Pickens after the second DUI charge and checked into a rehabilitation center in Talking Rock, where, according to his mother, he planned to get treatment for alcohol issues that had grown since the accident. Cherokee authorities went to the facility the next day and arrested him again.
Quinton, who was employed with Pilgrim’s Pride, was initially charged in the crash by the Georgia State Patrol with vehicular homicide, DUI, laying drag, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.
While the grand jury only indicted him on the vehicular homicide charges, Wallace said that doesn’t mean the other charges—which are misdemeanors—go away.
“When we draft an indictment, we often work to simplify the charges for both strategic and practical purposes,” Wallace said. “The indictment just reflects legal practicalities. No aspects of the case have been dropped.”
The other charges carry up to a one-year sentence each.
Wallace also confirmed that she had not received a request for bond on Quinton, which his attorneys said they planned to file when he was arrested from rehab.
Quinton’s attorney, Scott Poole, said Tuesday he could only comment to a certain degree on the case at this point, though he said he had been in contact with Wallace’s office about asking for a bond hearing. Poole said he hadn’t requested a hearing as of yet.
Asked if Quinton planned to go to trial on the charges, Poole said his office was in the process of reviewing the state’s evidence to decide how to move forward.
“Once we go over everything with Mr. Quinton, we will have a better idea of where the case is headed,” Poole said.