Branch faces grand jury indictment Tuesday
A 23-year-old Burkeville man was set to be indicted by a Buckingham County Grand Jury on Tuesday, April 11 in connection with a crash that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Shelly Warner.
According to Buckingham Commonwealth’s Attorney E.M. Wright Jr., the charges against Torrey J. Branch were not prosecuted in general district court for “strategic reasons … No charges are going away,” he said. “He will be indicted Tuesday,” Wright said in an email Sunday evening.
According to the Virginia General District Court Case Online Information System, the charges against Branch were nolle prosequi in general district court Friday.
Branch faces one felony count of driving under the influence (DUI): involuntary manslaughter; one felony count of DUI, second offense within five years; one felony count of maiming of another resulting from a DUI; possession of marijuana; driving on a revoked license; reckless driving and failure to drive on the right side of the road, according to Virginia State Police.
Branch, according to the court system’s online database, is represented by Farmville-based defense attorney Khalil Latif.
Branch, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller, was charged by State Police Trooper R.M. Chambliss.
The accident occurred Nov. 26 less than one mile south of Route 630, Red Road, in Buckingham.
According to Geller, Branch was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Impala that struck the vehicle in which Jessy Warner, his wife Shelly, and their 9-month-old son, Timothy, were traveling in.
Jessy received serious injuries from the crash while Timothy received only minor injuries.
“A 2008 Chevrolet Impala was traveling north on Route 15, when it crossed the centerline into the southbound lane and struck head-on a 2000 Buick LeSabre,” Geller said in an earlier release.
After the crash, Branch was transported to UVa Hospital in Charlottesville for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries.