Friday, May 15, 2009

Trials set for Stevens and Loughmiller

Husband of accident victim files ‘wrongful death’ lawsuit

Express Staff Writer

Jury trials have been scheduled for August for a man accused of vehicular manslaughter in the death of a Hailey woman in March and for a woman accused of embezzling nearly $14,000 from the city of Bellevue.

Trials for Cody William Stevens and Lacey Ann Loughmiller were set Tuesday by 5th District Court Judge Barry Wood, who has been assigned both cases with the disqualifications of Judge Robert J. Elgee by the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

The trial for Loughmiller, 29, of Richfield, was set for Aug. 11, with a pretrial conference scheduled for Aug. 4. Loughmiller has been charged with felony grand theft by embezzlement for allegedly misappropriating money from utility account payments to the city between May and December of 2007.

Stevens, 26, of Twin Falls, has been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter in the March 10 traffic death of Bertilia Lyn Redfern, 53, a legal secretary at the Roark Law Firm in Hailey. His trial was set for Aug. 5 with a pretrial conference scheduled for July 21.

In another development, the husband of Redfern has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Stevens seeking unspecified monetary damages.

The lawsuit was filed earlier this month by attorney Keith Roark on behalf of Robert C. Redfern. The lawsuit also lists as defendants "John Does 1-10."

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