Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 26, 2014

State seeks medical records in reckless homicide case

EFFINGHAM — Effingham County prosecutors have filed a motion to seek the medical records of an Effingham woman accused of reckless homicide in connection with the death of a Watson teenager late last year.

State's Attorney Bryan Kibler said Tuesday that he had filed the motion to subpoena medical records of Melly R. Hofer, 35. Hofer has been charged with reckless homicide and driving under the influence of drugs in connection with a wreck that caused the death of Brittany Baker, 17, on the morning of Dec. 5. Baker had been on her way to school at the time of the accident in front of Central School in Effingham.

Defense attorney Ed Deters said during a brief Wednesday morning pre-trial hearing in Effingham County Circuit Court that he planned to file a motion to quash some of the records being sought by Kibler's office. Judge J. Marc Kelly set a motion hearing for 11 a.m. April 24.

Hofer remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Bill Grimes may be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, at bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com, or via Twitter @EDNBGrimes.

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