Billy Chambers, who was convicted of manslaughter in the 2008 slaying of Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael, has pleaded not guilty to charges of hit-and-run and assault. Prosecutors say Chambers ran another motorist off the road on Jackson St near 23rd Ave in late June. He then fled the scene.
According to charging documents, prosecutors believe Chambers attacked the female victim because she had filed a police report against him in reference to an earlier car prowl. After ramming her car from behind, he allegedly pulled up next to her and turned into the passenger side of her car, causing her to run into a tree. He has been charged with hit-and-run and second degree assault.
He is currently being held on $250,000 bail. From the bail request document:
The State has grave concerns for the safety of the community and believes that there is reasonable cause to believe that the defendant will commit a violent offense. In this situation, the defendant was angry at the victim for filing a police report against him. He initially struck the rear of her vehicle, then moved into the lane next to hers and swerved into the passenger side of her car. This action caused her to lose control and strike a tree. While it is fortunate that no occupants of the car or pedestrians were injured, it does not lessen the risk that the defendant’s violent actions could harm someone.
The defendant’s criminal history adds to the concern that the defendant is a risk to community safety. His juvenile criminal history includes adjudications for Manslaughter in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, and Possessing Stolen Property in the First Degree. He has adult felony convictions of Theft in the First Degree (2011) and Theft in the Third Degree (2011). He has been charged in District Court with traffic offenses occurring on June 8, 2011, June 21, 2011, and June 22, 2011. In each, he has been charged with either Operating a Vehicle without a License or Operating a Vehicle without Insurance. He has demonstrated that he has no concern for the Court’s authority.