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Jury trial set for Branch

A 23-year-old Burkeville man indicted by a grand jury in April in connection with a crash that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Shelly Warner is set to stand trial in late August.

Torrey J. Branch

Torrey Jamel Branch will face a jury trial Aug. 30 and 31 in Buckingham Circuit Court on eight charges, according to the Buckingham Circuit Court Clerk’s Office and the Virginia Courts Case Information website.

In April, Branch was indicted in Buckingham Circuit Court on eight charges, including involuntary DUI manslaughter; reckless driving, endangering life, limb or property; possession of marijuana; failure to drive on right side of the road; driving with a revoked license; third or subsequent DUI; and DUI, reckless driving, victim permanently injured.

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.

According to the Virginia General District Court Case Online Information System, the charges against Branch were nolle prosequi in general district court.

Branch, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller, was originally charged by State Police Trooper R.M. Chambliss.

The accident the charges stem from 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 U.Va. Hospital in Charlottesville for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries.