Chris Soules Denied Motion to Dismiss His Felony Hit-and Run Case
More bad news for Chris Soules.
While the Bachelor 2015 star is laying low following his fatal car crash, his lawyers did try to put an end to the hit-and-run case prosecutors are building against him. Unfortunately for him, their efforts didn’t pan out.
Chris was officially hit with felony charges last week, though his legal team filed documents trying to have the case dismissed.
Now, the court has come back with their ruling, and it’s not in his favor.
The Iowa judge denied the Dancing With the Stars alum’s motion, which claimed he didn’t leave the scene of the fatal car accident that killed 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, according to court documents obtained by Us Weekly.
The court is now considering the attempted dismissal “procedurally moot” and “premature.”
In other words, they disagree with the argument there’s no probable cause for the charge.
They’d also tried to use the fact that the 35-year-old called for help and checked the victim’s pulse as proof he didn’t flee.
“His attorneys are confident that once all the evidence is made public, it will show Soules acted reasonably and did everything in his power to provide aid to Mr. Mosher,” they had recently said in a statement.
That’s not flying for prosecutors, however, who note the Bachelor didn’t meet the needs of proving otherwise.
“Defendant’s motion to dismiss recognizes the defendant was to immediately return to the scene of the accident or inform the law enforcement authorities where he could be located,” the filing reads.
It then adds, “Defendant did neither.”
Not only that, they’re asking the judge to withhold evidence like emails and records, only allowing Chris to see them if he asks for them.
The only way the defense team can prove Chris leaving the scene was legal is if they can show he was seeking necessary aid or reporting the accident to law enforcement — neither of which it sounds like he did.
Nevertheless, we’ll have to wait for the May 23 court date to see what happens next for the former reality star.
At that time, we’ll find out if this will go to trial — and whether Chris could face real time behind bars.