Trial set for man accused of drunken driving in death of veterans advocate Gary Lillie
Kevin Warren is facing a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. If he’s convicted, he faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Warren was in court for his first pretrial hearing Thursday in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge David Swartz. The trial is scheduled to begin on April 16, with a final pretrial hearing to be held on April 5, according to Swartz’s ruling.
At a preliminary exam in October, investigators testified Warren’s Chevrolet Avalanche was traveling between 34 and 42 miles per hour when it struck Lillie, killing him almost instantly. There was no evidence to suggest the vehicle slowed down or swerved before it struck Lillie, investigators said.
Warren’s blood alcohol was .12 percent after the crash, above the .08 limit at which drivers are considered drunk in Michigan, according to evidence provided by investigators. A video presented as evidence showed Warren telling police he dropped his cell phone and was reaching for it when he felt his car strike something. Originally thinking it was a deer, Warren drove home before he returned to the scene and discovered Lillie lying in a ditch, according to police.
Warren is not in custody at the present time. Swartz continued his bond and, if he complies, he will be free until the trial in April.