Late toxicology results allow man charged with intoxication manslaughter to walk free

Man charged with intoxication manslaughter released

ORANGE - A Fred man who is charged with intoxication manslaughter was released from jail on a personal recognizance bond because toxicology results have not been returned.

Michael Lynn Davis, 38, was released from the Orange County Jail on Wednesday afternoon. He told a 12News crew that was at the jail at the time of his release that he was sorry and that he plans to pray while he is free.

“I’m sorry for the accident,” Davis said. “I didn't mean for any of this to happen. God bless him. Pray. It’s in God’s hands now.”

Prosecutors say he can not be indicted on the charge until toxicology results from the Texas Department of Public Safety are received.

In May 2016, prosecutors say Davis was under the influence when the 2008 Dodge pickup he was driving left the roadway and struck and killed Jerry Neal Campbell, 77, on a Sunday evening.

Campbell was clearing debris near a fence along FM105 in Orange County.

Davis was being held on bonds totaling $55,000 - $35,000 for intoxication manslaughter, $10,000 for failing to stop and render aid, and another $10,000 for possession of a prohibited substance. 

The new personal recognizance bonds were issued under strict conditions, including ignition interlock and mandatory drug testing.

Davis could only be legally held on the charge for more than 90 days without indictment.

We have reached out to the Department of Public Safety for comment, but we have not immediately heard back.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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