Judge denies diversion for driver in deadly school bus crash

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP)- The driver in a Tennessee school bus crash that killed six elementary school students in November asked a judge to offer him probation and dismissal of his case.

The CBS affiliate in Chattanooga, WDEF, said the judge denied that request.

Johnthony Walker's attorney will made the case for judicial diversion in Hamilton County Criminal Court.

Walker's court filings say there's no public interest in incarcerating someone with no prior criminal record who was working two jobs to provide for his family.

They also say Walker was trying to avoid a collision with another vehicle.

Prosecutors say Walker isn't even eligible for diversion until he first pleads or is found guilty.

Walker faces 34 charges, including six vehicular homicide counts, and remains in jail.

Tennessee's court system says more than 6,000 cases resulted in pre-trial or judicial diversion in 2015-16, including 16 for homicide.

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