Man accused of running over Emily Bowman asks judge for freedom - CBS46 News

Man accused of running over Emily Bowman asks judge for freedom

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ATHENS, GA (CBS46) -

Dale Bowman told CBS Atlanta the bond reduction hearing for 22-year-old Wilson Heaton was a waste of time. Bowman was angered that Heaton made the request.

"I just really wanted to put my hands on him," said Bowman. "He really don't need to be out on the street. I guess road debris has a right too."

Heaton is accused of the hit-and-run, DUI accident that severely injured his 19-year-old daughter, Emily Bowman.  

Heaton asked the judge to remove his GPS ankle monitoring bracelet and to allow him to move back to Bartow County.
 
"He's a resident of Bartow County and works in Bartow County about 60-70 hours a week," said Heaton's attorney, Tony Perrotta. "Bond condition requires him to stay here in Clarke-Oconee County, we just thought that was unfair and a bit restrictive."

Perrotta said Heaton needs to work.

"We wanted him to go to work so he can pay for his defense, so he can pay for his restitution if that's ever ordered," Perrotta said.

Heaton's mother and grandfather took the stand and tried to persuade the judge. The prosecutor took advantage of the moment and asked John Heaton about his conversation with his grandson after the February accident.

"He only said that he was shocked and surprised when the little girl came out into the road and he hit her. He said, 'Big Daddy, I was shocked! I went down the street and parked in the truck in the woods,'" John Heaton said.

The judge denied Wilson Heaton's request after Emily Bowman's father took the stand.

"Your honor, because of the fine people at Athens Regional is the only reason Wilson is not charged with murder right now. They saved my daughter's life," said Dale Bowman.

Dale Bowman said while the bond hearing was going on, Emily Bowman was undergoing surgery to pump medicine from her spine to her brain. He said Emily Bowman will go home in two weeks.

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