Plea deal reached in ‘09 traffic fatality
by Rachel Davis
May 19, 2012 | 4171 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bobby McClendon
Bobby McClendon
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A plea deal has been reached in the manslaughter trial of Bobby McClendon, 48, of Jasper. McClendon’s trial began Tuesday, but before testimony started on Friday, McClendon’s lawyers informed the District Attorney’s office that he was interested in a deal.

McClendon pleaded guilty and received a 12-year sentence.

The charges stem from a traffic accident that occurred in March of 2009. According to reports filed by state troopers, McClendon was pulling through the median to go to a bingo hall near Argo when he struck a car, killing the passenger, Adam Lee Taylor, 16, of Sumiton.

The report also stated that, based on blood test performed by state troopers and the Department of Forensic Science, McClendon’s blood alcohol level six hours after the accident was 0.088. The legal limit to operate a vehicle is 0.08.

McClendon also had two previous convictions for driving under the influence.

The vehicle carrying Taylor was driven by another teenager, who was injured. State troopers estimated the speed of that vehicle to be in excess of 100 miles per hour, but said the vehicle was in the proper lane. “This just shows again that being under the influence and excessive speed can cause deadly accidents,” Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said. “We will vigorously prosecute these cases.”

Adair also commended the state troopers involved for their work on the case, which he said made the prosecution easier to pull together.