SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — There will be a trial for the driver accused of killing two women during a vehicle crash in Suffolk earlier this year.
In court Tuesday morning, Wesley Aaron Johns, 26, pleaded not guilty of the following charges:
- texting while driving
- fail to obey highway marking
- possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia
- driving while intoxicated
- possess gun and schedule I-II drug
- possession of heroin
- two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter
Johns is accused in the deaths of 60-year-old Teresa Brown and her mother, 84-year-old Bernice Brooks.
10 On Your Side went to Tuesday’s hearing, where witnesses said Johns was driving in the wrong lane on Whaleyville Boulevard before the crash. Prosecutors said Johns had heroin and Valium in his system at the time, and said he opened a text message just before impact.
Johns was seriously injured in the crash and transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. When he was released, police say he left the area. U.S. Marshals tracked him down at a drug rehab facility in Northern Virginia, according to court testimony.
At the crash scene, police said they found heroin, drug paraphernalia, a gun and a homemade machete in Johns minivan.
A judge also decided Johns is a danger to society and denied him bond. He will stay in jail until his trial, which is scheduled to start in August.