Blount County man jailed on second DUI charge while out awaiting trial on murder charge


BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A Blount County man facing murder charges in a fatal 2013 DUI crash is charged with a second DUI while out on bond. It’s been four years since the first incident and Callin Curlette is still awaiting trial.

Officials say that Curlette was driving under the influence on the wrong side Highway 79 on Sep.1, 2013 when he reportedly collided with James Gill’s car, a collision that Gill did not survive.

Gill’s stepsister Martha Hogeland said Gill worked at the Piggly Wiggly and had beat cancer. He was living with her in Blount County.

“I know it’s been four years but it still hurts,”Hogeland said.

Blount County District Attorney Pam Casey said Curlette’s blood alcohol level that night was well over the legal limit.

“The initial DUI that caused the death of James Gill was a .219,” said Casey. That number is almost three times the state’s legal limit of .08.

Casey told CBS42 News that Curlette was later indicted by a grand jury in 2014 charged with murder. He was given a $75,000 bond, and posted that amount to get himself out.

Curlette trail has been delayed several times. He was scheduled for court in January, April and October 2016. Casey says a lot of that the delays have a lot to do with the city of Oneonta only having one circuit judge.

“If he is number 30 on the docket and we don’t reach 30 on our trail week, he automatically gets reset,” said Casey.

While out on bond, Curlette was arrested for a second DUI in October. According to the police report, he was traveling 91 mph on Highway 75 in Oneonta, and had blown a .189.

Right after the incident, Casey filed a motion to revoke Currlette’s bond. The judge approved that motion on Tuesday, and Curlette’s bond has been revoked.

Curlette’s next court date is set in September.

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