Prelim Set in Manslaughter Case

During a hearing for a manslaughter defendant, attorneys told a judge that they were engaging in discussions for a plea deal. 

Tyrone Hector, 52, is charged with the involuntary manslaughter of Derrick Benson on Aug. 28.

Hector picked up the case in August when his pick-up truck collided with Benson, 43, who was traveling on a scooter, at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and 11th Street, NE. According to court documents, Hector was traveling in the wrong direction on the one-way street when he struck Benson. Benson was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Defense attorney Anthony Matthews and the prosecution discussed a potential timeline for the procession of the case. Neither party has come to an agreement, it is unclear whether the preliminary hearing, which will determine if the case will move to trial, would occur on Oct. 30, or sometime in November.

Another hearing has been set for Oct. 16 to ensure both parties are in agreement before the preliminary hearing. If a plea deal is accepted or the preliminary hearing needs to be converted to another hearing the court will need to be advised by Oct. 23.