By Brad Kellar

Herald-Banner Staff

The trial of a Royse City man, charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection with the death of a country singer, has been delayed.

Chaddrick Hunter, 37, had been scheduled to go to trial in the 354th District Court Aug. 18. He has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter count and to a charge of failure to stop and render aid involving the March 17, 2007 death of “Buck” Jones, 33, of Nashville, Tenn.

But during a Thursday afternoon hearing, Judge Richard A. Beacom reset the case as the number one jury trial in his court on Sept. 22.

Authorities claim Hunter had more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in his bloodstream at the time of the accident.

Jones, identified in the indictments as Adrian N. Jones, was struck from behind as he walked along the northbound service road of eastbound Interstate 30 early on the morning of March 17, after the vehicle in which he was driving blew a tire, according to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

The accident occurred at the 81 mile marker on the eastbound interstate, between Farm-To-Market Roads 1565 and 2642, just east of Royse City.

Hunter was alleged in the report to have struck Jones while driving a 1997 Chevrolet pickup eastbound on the service road at approximately 2:30 a.m. that day. Hunter allegedly told the DPS officer who responded that he was coming home from a club in Dallas at the time and attempted to swerve and miss Jones, but was unable to do so. Hunter was said to have to continued to his parent’s house and then returned.

The DPS officer said he noticed the damage to Hunter’s truck and believed Hunter was acting as if intoxicated. Hunter failed a field sobriety test, according to the complaint and according to a breath test was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .250. The legal limit for intoxication in Texas is .08.

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