Maiming case still in limbo

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@www.southwesttimes.com

It’s been almost two years since a Radford man was indicted on a charge of felony maiming as a result of intoxicated driving, but he is yet to be tried.

The case of Robert Timothy Furrow Sr., 47, was back in court again this week as the defense filed motions in an attempt to receive copies of notes from doctors who treated the alleged victim of the Aug. 30, 2012, wreck that led to the charges.

Police said at the time of the wreck that Furrow was driving on Belspring Road around 10:22 a.m. when his 1995 Ford Taurus went out of control and struck a 2001 Nissan Sentra head-on. Both Furrow and the driver of the Sentra, Kaitlyn Albert of Parrott, were treated at area hospitals and released.

Defense attorney Cynthia Dodge requested copies of notes made by doctors treating Albert, but Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Naomi Huntington said the prosecution intends to rely on doctor testimony, without referring to information in the doctors’ notes, which she does not have.

Dodge questioned what would happen during the jury trial if one of the doctors referred to notes while testifying.

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. said that wouldn’t be permitted if the notes weren’t provided to the defense in advance of trial. He said it could result in a mistrial.

Ultimately, Huntington said the prosecution would obtain copies of the notes and provide them to the defense.

The jury trial has been rescheduled for Feb. 12-13.

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