WATERLOO — Reality TV star Christopher Soules will not go on trial for his part in a crash that killed a Buchanan County farmer until sometime after April.
In a brief hearing in Black Hawk County District Court on Monday morning, Soules, 36, of rural Arlington, waived his right to a speedy trial. The one-year waiver means the state does not have to be prepared to prosecute Soules on the charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident within one year of his arrest.
Soules appeared in court in Waterloo with his attorneys and answered several questions posed by the judge on whether he understood the ramifications of the one-year waiver, and he answered “yes, your honor” to them.
The hearing was held in Waterloo instead of the Buchanan County Courthouse for the convenience of the parties.
Soules is accused of leaving the scene of a crash near Aurora on April 24, 2017, that killed farmer Kenneth Mosher, 66, of rural Aurora, who was operating a tractor when it was struck from behind by a truck being driven by Soules.
Soules has argued in earlier court hearings he did remain at the scene and administered CPR on Mosher, and has argued state law does not specify how long someone must remain at the scene.
Meanwhile, one of Soules’ attorneys, Brandon Brown of Des Moines, asked the judge to seal from public view any further court requests for Soules to travel out of state. Under the terms of his pre-trial release, Soules must notify the court if he is to travel out of state, which he has complied with.
But Brown said due to the high amount of public interest and publicity of Soules’ case, there have been problems associated with those notifications, including people showing up at his house after he is gone.
Judge Andrea Dryer said she would not seal any documents in the case, but said Brown could be more vague in his wording in making the request to travel. She said as long as the Buchanan County Attorney’s Office knows where Soules is traveling to and Soules is present for his court hearings, the requests can be “kept general.”
She also reaffirmed her denial last month of his motion to dismiss the charge. Soules claimed Iowa’s law requiring surviving drivers to remain at a fatal accident until police arrive is unconstitutional.