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Bond revoked for Carter Co. man charged in March traffic death

Staff reports • Feb 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM

ERWIN — Judge Robert Cupp revoked the bond Friday of a Carter County man charged last year with vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault.

Randy Julian, Elizabethton, appeared in Unicoi County Criminal Court for a plea deadline hearing. Julian was previously charged with vehicular homicide, three counts of vehicular assault, driving on a revoked license and having no proof of insurance in connection with a fatal collision that occurred last March on Sciota Road in Unicoi.

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

According to the THP, the vehicle driven by Grindstaff was traveling east on Sciota Road while the vehicle driven by Julian was traveling west when Julian’s vehicle crossed the center line of the road and struck Grindstaff’s vehicle head-on near the road’s eastbound shoulder. Court documents said that during the course of the investigation, Julian told officials he had taken Xanax and methadone the day of the collision.

Julian was transported from the Carter County Detention Center for Friday’s hearing. He was recently charged with driving under the influence after being released from jail on bond last month.

Julian is scheduled to again appear in Unicoi County Criminal Court on April 10.

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