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Macias case sent to higher court

December 22, 2016 GMT

The man who prosecutors say caused the death of a Jackson woman in an auto crash in August appeared Wednesday in a Green River courtroom.

This comes after a monthslong manhunt for 28-year-old Jason Alexander Macias, who officials say was hiding from the law in Florida.

The case is being handled in Sweetwater County because that’s where the crash took place.

The former Jackson resident is charged with aggravated homicide by a vehicle and driving while under the influence of a controlled substance, according to court documents.

Macias was driving on U.S. Highway 30 west of Granger on Aug. 7 when he crossed into oncoming traffic, killing 21-year-old Bonny Wood, who was in the passenger seat, according to police.

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Macias was driving under the influence of “psychoactive” drugs, according to a Sweetwater County court affidavit. His recklessness makes him responsible for Wood’s death, attorneys said.

Macias was hospitalized in Utah after the August wreck, but felony charges weren’t filed until after he was released.

Two young children were also in the car, according to documents.

In court on Tuesday, despite objections from the prosecutor, Third Circuit Court Judge John Prokos lowered Macias’ bond from $100,000 to $75,000, according to Sweetwater County and Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Erramouspe.

“If he bonds out, Judge Prokos is allowing him to return to Florida,” Erramouspe said.

The case was bound over to Sweetwater County District Court.

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