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Charge Dropped Against Driver in Girl’s Death

January 8, 1987 GMT

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) _ Prosecutors have dropped a charge of criminally negligent homicide against the driver of a car in which the 13-year-old daughter of country singer George Strait was killed.

Jenifer Strait died June 25, 1986, when the car driven by Gregory Allen, then 18, rolled over while making a turn south of San Marcos, where the singer lives.

Hays County Prosecutor Don Davis said Wednesday he will resubmit evidence in the case to a grand jury next week.

Two previous grand juries have heard the case. The first indicted Allen on charges of involuntary manslaughter, a felony. Former District Attorney Bill Rugeley agreed to dismiss that indictment in response to arguments by the defense that it was vaguely worded. Rugeley resubmitted the case to a grand jury in October, which recommended the misdemeanor charge.

Davis, chief felony prosecutor for new District Attorney Charles Chapman, told Judge Howard Warner he agreed with arguments made by Allen’s lawyer, Joe Turner, in a motion to quash the latest indictment.

Davis said he will be going back to the grand jury to dispel doubts raised by Turner about the fairness of the original grand jury process. Turner contended the panel may not have heard evidence favorable to his client.