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Chattanooga Bus Driver Receives Trial Date, Released on Bond

Almost a year after the school bus he was driving crashed and killed six children, Johnthony Walker is free on bond while awaiting the start of his trial in February, CBS News reported.

Walker was released to a county correctional program. He had previously been jailed in isolation.

Judge Don Poole on Tuesday issued Walker a trial date of Feb. 27, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. Walker faces a total of 34 charges, including six counts of felony vehicular homicide, assault and reckless driving.

Related: 21 New Charges Filed Against Chattanooga School Bus Driver

Police reported that Walker was speeding at the time of the November 2016 crash on a curving road in a residential neighborhood of Chattanooga. Walker’s attorney, Amanda Dunn, claimed that Walker swerved to avoid a second vehicle when he crashed the bus, CBS News said. Meanwhile, authorities said Walker deviated from his regular route the afternoon of the crash.

Related: NTSB: Chattanooga School Bus Crash Still Under Investigation

Walker was denied a request for probation in August, but his bond was reduced in half to $50,000 in mid-September. Conditions set by Judge Poole when reducing bond include Walker submitting to GPS monitoring and refraining from driving any vehicles.

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