Vehicular homicide case bound over

Brad Hicks • May 24, 2012 at 9:55 PM

ERWIN — The case of an Elizabethton man charged earlier this year with vehicular homicide in a fatal car collision that occurred late March in Unicoi County will be heard by a Unicoi County grand jury.

Randy Lee Julian, 31, of Elizabethton, appeared in Unicoi County Sessions Court on Thursday, where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Julian has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, three counts of vehicular assault, driving on a revoked license and having no proof of insurance.

According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tabetha Grindstaff, 29, of Unicoi, was killed in a collision that occurred on the evening of March 27 on Sciota Road in Unicoi. Grindstaff’s passengers — her two children, ages 5 and 9, and an adult male — were all injured in the collision.

The report states that the Chevy Camaro driven by Grindstaff was traveling eastbound on on Sciota Road while the Chevy S10 Blazer driven by Julian was traveling westbound. Julian’s vehicle crossed the center line of the road and Grindstaff ran off the roadway in an attempt to avoid the collision.

The two vehicles struck head-on near the road’s eastbound shoulder, according to the report. Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Jackson previously said Unicoi County Coroner Ed Herndon pronounced Grindstaff dead at the scene.

During the course of the investigation, Julian told officials that he had taken methadone and Xanax the day of the collision, according to the affidavit of compliant previously filed in Sessions Court.

According to Jackson, Julian turned himself in to Carter County authorities April 2 on a violation of probation charge. He was later transported to the Unicoi County Jail.

Julian remains in the Unicoi County Jail. A $40,000 corporate bond was set for him Thursday in Sessions Court. The grand jury is next scheduled to convene July 13.

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