A defense attorney for a 23-year-old Air Force airman who faces charges in connection with a fatal November accident north of Lawrence said Friday the two sides were waiting on further lab test results of samples taken from his client.
“The nature of our defense is such that we need to know the results of blood and urine tests for certain types of drugs to see if that answers certain questions that prosecutors and I have,” attorney Jason Billam told District Judge Sally Pokorny.
Billam’s client Zachary Harrison, an airman first class originally from Hutchinson, is accused of stealing a newspaper carrier’s pickup truck on the Kansas University campus and eventually striking a vehicle on U.S. Highway 24-59 and killing a 21-year-old Lincoln, Neb., man. He’s charged with involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, among other charges.
Greg Benefiel, an assistant district attorney, asked Pokorny to delay Friday’s preliminary hearing as the two sides await test results and a final autopsy report for Cameron Freeman, who died in the accident.
Harrison was visiting his brother in Lawrence the evening of the incident. Pokorny did agree to lower Harrison’s bond to $40,000 from $175,000 after Billam said he would be under close supervision at the Air Force base near Little Rock, Ark., where he is stationed if he posts bond before his next hearing March 7.