Knoxville man with multiple DUIs to face trial for death of woman in crash

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn (WVLT) A Knoxville man with a twelve year history of DUI convictions will go to trial in Jefferson County on a vehicular homicide charge.

After letting his lawyer appear on his behalf previously, Roy Wayne Killion Jr., appeared for the first time inside a Jefferson County courtroom for an arraignment.

Judge Dwayne Sloan set a trial date of June 3rd, telling Killion he must decide by June 2nd whether to take a plea or go to trial.

Killion was charged with vehicular homicide, fifth offense DUI, which is a felony, and driving on a revoked license in connection with a fatal accident on Old Dandridge Pike in Stawberry Plains in November.

Joan Marie Arrington, 40, was killed in that accident. When the crash occurred she was on her way to work overnight at the post office in West Knoxville.

Arrington's father, Gary Austin, lives less than a mile from the accident scene. He was able to get to the scene that night and speak with his daughter one last time before she died. Arrington left behind a teenage daughter and young son.

Killion remains jailed in Jefferson County on a $150,000 bond.


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  • by Kathy King Location: Knoxville, Tn on Jan 15, 2008 at 06:52 PM
    Put the loser in jail and throw the key away. I feel for the loss of this woman and her family. The loser should be denied bail, he's a risk for murdering other innocent people. Change the laws and keep people like Killion away from the general population. He lost all his chances. If you don't learn from the first DUI chances are you never will.
  • by kay Location: mascot on Jan 14, 2008 at 03:56 PM
    how in the world was he driven. Why wasnt he in jail somewhere. What a waste. The kids will have to grow up with out a mother. I feel sorry for them. I hope this time they get him off the streets.

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