Suspect in Athens hit-and-run granted $50K bond - New York News

Suspect in Athens hit-and-run granted $50K bond

Posted: Updated:
William Heaton William Heaton
ATHENS, Ga. -

A man charged in a hit-and-run that left a former Kennesaw State University student in a coma was granted a $50,000 bond on Thursday. William Wilson Heaton, 22, is accused of hitting 19-year-old Emily Bowman with his truck and fleeing the scene.

No attorney was present to represent Heaton when he appeared before the judge. He listened as the district attorney poured over his criminal and driving history that consisted of various alcohol and speeding violations. The judge issued bond to Heaton over the DA's objections.

If Heaton posts bond, the judge ordered him to wear a GPS monitor, surrender his driver's licence, be subject to drug and alcohol tests, and have no contact with witnesses.

Heaton's mother was present at the bond hearing, and tells FOX 5 her heart is focused on the Bowmans, and her son is ready to take responsibility for his actions.

"Wilson and his father and I are all committed to the truth, and we have been from day one. We have communicated that again and again, and Wilson is fully prepared to take responsibility," said Tara Heaton.

Heaton turned himself on Wednesday night after a warrant was issued, nearly three weeks after the hit-and run-accident. Police say Heaton hit Emily Bowman with his truck in the early morning hours of February 16 while she was walking with a friend.

Investigators say he fled the scene and they found his truck abandoned nearby with empty alcohol containers inside. Bowman has been fighting for her life ever since at Athens Regional Hospital. Her mother Debbie says it's been a tough road, but she is showing signs of progress.

"Without God on my side, I don't know how I could've handled this. But you know, I feel like I've been given the strength to go on because I have to be strong for her," said Debbie.

Bowman's friends in Woodstock held a fundraiser at Buffalo's Cafe in Woodstock on Thursday to help her family with increasing medical bills. Ten percent of all sales will go to Emily's family to help with medical expenses, and friends will sell bracelets and T-shirts.

The money from the fundraiser will also help the family as they try to get Emily moved from Athens Regional to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, which could happen as soon as Friday, according to a Facebook posting.

Heaton's next court date has not been set.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • NJ woman sues over "8theist" plate

    NJ woman sues over "8theist" plate

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:08:10 GMT
    New Jersey NewsNew Jersey News
    A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against the state's Motor Vehicle Commission, claiming the agency rejected her application for a license plate proclaiming she's an Atheist. Shannon Morgan filed the suit in federal court, saying the rejection of a plate reading "8THEIST" is a violation of her First Amendment rights. The Maurice River Township woman claims plates reading "BAPTIST" have been approved.
    A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against the state's Motor Vehicle Commission, claiming the agency rejected her application for a license plate proclaiming she's an Atheist. Shannon Morgan filed the suit in federal court, saying the rejection of a plate reading "8THEIST" is a violation of her First Amendment rights. The Maurice River Township woman claims plates reading "BAPTIST" have been approved.

  • 8 mumps cases at NJ college

    8 mumps cases at NJ college

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:40:12 GMT
    Officials are investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at New Jersey's Stevens Institute of Technology.The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine.
    The New Jersey Department of Health is investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at Stevens Institute of Technology.  The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine. Symptoms include swollen salivary glands, fever, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite.



  • Cabbie accused of not paying $28,000 in tolls

    NY cabbie accused of not paying $28,000 in tolls

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:32:20 GMT
    A New York City taxi driver has been arrested on charges he stole $28,000 in tolls by "piggybacking" on vehicles through E-Z Pass lanes while crossing the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.
    A New York City taxi driver has been arrested on charges he stole $28,000 in tolls by "piggybacking" on vehicles through E-Z Pass lanes while crossing the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices