Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down Ordered To Serve House Arrest
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.03.2014
At least it's not jail...
Billboard reports that 3 Doors Down bassist Robert Todd Harrell has been ordered to move from Mississippi to Nashville. He will be under house arrest until his trial for vehicular homicide. He was arrested earlier this month on a DUI charge in Mississippi while awaiting trial in Tennessee.
He is accused of DUI in Nasvhille and causing a crash that killed another driver last April. He has been arrested on three similar charges in two years. Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Mark Fishburn told him not to drive for any reason. He was ordered to give up his passport and driver's license.
The Tennessean reports that prosecutors said that Harrell was a danger ot the community and should be in jail.
Assistant District Attorney General Rebecca Valiquette said: "He's already killed somebody. The only thing that's going to keep the community safe is to put him in jail where he belongs."
Harrell's lawyer Ed Ryan said that house arrest would be more appropriate because judges should consider the least restrictive means to make sure the defendant shows up for trial and the community is safe. The judge agreed but then criticized Harrell's doctor for giving him too many pain pills.
The judge said: "He got 360 oxycodone and 60 Oxycontin from his doctor in less than 30 days."
Harrell admitted to drinking and taking prescription drugs before the crash that killed 47-year-old Paul Shoulders Jr. He was under the influence and speeding when he "clipped" the back of Shoulder's pick-up truck. Harrell's charges include vehicular homicide by intoxication, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, violation of the implied consent law, and possession of contraband.
Harrell has pleased not guilty and is his defense is waiting for prosecutors to turn over evidence in the case. 3 Doors Down announced last week that Harrell was suspended indefinitely from the band.