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The case against 19-year-old Austin Lockard of Fayetteville, charged in connection with the death of a 21-year-old man last August, will go to the grand jury, General Sessions Judge Andy Myrick has decided.
In a preliminary hearing last week, District Attorney General Robert Carter said he believes Lockard left Bradley Joe Durham, 21, of Fayetteville, on the side the of Highway 110 to die after Durham was ejected from Lockard’s moving vehicle on Sunday evening, Aug. 19.
“We’ve got a victim I am willing to fight for, who someone needs to fight for,” said Carter after the hearing. “He was a young man who certainly didn’t deserve this.”
Assistant District Attorney Brooks Grubb told the judge Lockard had picked up Bradley, then while driving along Highway 110, ejected him from the moving truck.
Lockard was bound over to the grand jury on charges of failure to render aid, reckless endangerment, and aggravated assault. Charges against a 17-year-old Hazel Green, Ala., youth, a passenger in Lockard’s vehicle at the time, were dismissed by Myrick during the hearing.