Trial begins in 2016 Dougherty County Thanksgiving double vehicular homicide case

Kimesha Holley Homicide Trial

DOUGHERTY CO., Ga. (WALB) - A South Georgia woman stood in front of a Dougherty County judge Monday for vehicular homicides that took the life of her 8-year-old daughter and an off duty officer on Thanksgiving of 2016.

K’Mesha Holley is facing several charges in this case.

Jury selection for this trial started Monday morning and Dougherty County Judicial Circuit prosecutors said this is a priority trial for the superior court this week.

Prosecutors are alleging Holley was engaged in distracted driving while traveling on County Line Road near Spring Flats Road in Dougherty County.

There was a two car crash on Thanksgiving 2016 on County Line Road (Source: WALB)
There was a two car crash on Thanksgiving 2016 on County Line Road (Source: WALB)

A’Daesha Holley, 8, and Dougherty County Police Officer Steve Davis were both killed during the crash.

A'Daesha Holley was killed in a two car crash on Thanksgiving day in 2016 (Source: WALB)
A'Daesha Holley was killed in a two car crash on Thanksgiving day in 2016 (Source: WALB)
Steve Davis, a Dougherty County Police officer, was killed in a 2016 car crash off duty (Source: WALB)
Steve Davis, a Dougherty County Police officer, was killed in a 2016 car crash off duty (Source: WALB)

Holley is on trial for two counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree felony, reckless driving, failure to exercise due care, stop and yield sign violation and serious injury by vehicle.

“Some distracted driving while traveling through an intersection and engaged in a distracted driving and it resulted in two fatalities from the resulting collision," said Edwards.

Holley was also injured in the crash, along with her son Kendall who was paralyzed from his waist down.

K’Mesha Holley and her son, Kendal Holley (Source: Courtney Currie)
K’Mesha Holley and her son, Kendal Holley (Source: Courtney Currie)

Edwards said this case should make people realize the dangers of distracted driving.

“People need to realize that distracted driving is extremely dangerous. And subsequent to this particular situation, we had at least one other distracted driving homicide that has occurred here in Dougherty County,” said Edwards.

Edwards said it’s important for people to stay away from texting and receiving messages while driving as serious situations like this could happen.

Opening statements will start Tuesday morning and Judge Willie Lockett is presiding over this trial.

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