Goodview man faces involuntary manslaughter charge

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By Tom Wilmoth

    A 52-year-old Goodview resident is being held without bond on the charge of involuntary manslaughter, following a direct indictment by a Bedford County grand jury this month.

    James Scott Morrow is also facing a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, in addition to the involuntary manslaughter charge.
    The charges are the result of a Dec. 2, 2010, accident on Goodview Road in which Morrow’s Dodge Challenger collided with a second vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Ty Alexander Perdue, 32, of Goodview, after allegedly crossing over the double line. Mack Collins Jr., a passenger in Morrow’s car, was killed in the crash, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance.
    The driver of the other vehicle was treated and released from the hospital.
    Morrow was originally charged that night with DUI, but that charge was initially dropped while prosecutors waited for results of Morrow’s blood test from the Richmond lab. Those results came back in May which led to the direct indictments.
    Morrow had a bond hearing on June 9, in which bond was denied. Nance said prosecutors argued against bail because of Morrow’s alleged history of alcohol abuse which could lead him to be a risk to himself or others.
     A jury trial has been scheduled for Sept. 20. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter and 12 months in jail on the DUI charge.