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Man pleads guilty to homicide in Gray crash that killed woman, injured 6-year-old

May 8th, 2013 9:12 am by Becky Campbell

Man pleads guilty to homicide in Gray crash that killed woman, injured 6-year-old

A Mountain City man pleaded guilty this morning to vehicular homicide and assault charges from a 2010 crash that killed a woman and injured her daughter in Gray.
David A. Billings, 50, 509 Brown Place, Mountain City, agreed to the plea deal in Washington County Criminal Court.
He faces 8-10 years in prison on the vehicular homicide charge and 3-6 years on the vehicular assault charge, but the plea deal would allow the sentences to run concurrently.
Judge John Kerry Blackwood did not set a sentencing date in this morning's hearing. Billings had no prior convictions and would be eligible for the possibility of probation.
Billings was charged in the Dec. 3, 2010, head-on crash on Bobby Hicks Highway that killed Tanya K. Martin, 27, of No. 30 Hidden Brook Lane, Gray, and injured her 6-year-old daughter.
According to court records, officers smelled alcohol on Billings at the crash scene and questioned him about it. Billings apparently told police he had been drinking, and officers found six full bottles of Budweiser beer in his truck.
The crash happened just before 8:30 p.m. on Bobby Hicks Highway. Police were already looking for Billings after someone called 911 to report a vehicle “being all over the roadway.”
Martin was pronounced dead at the crash scene and her daughter was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center by Washington County/Johnson City EMS.
Billings was flown to JCMC by helicopter. He was treated for injuries and blood was drawn for an alcohol-content test.

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