INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) — After demanding a speedy trial, a judge Thursday ordered Chris Soules' felony trial to begin July 19th. Soules, who rose to fame as 'The Bachelor' on the hit reality show, was behind the wheel when authorities say he rear-ended a tractor just north of Aurora.
The driver of the tractor, 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, died a short time later. Soules left the scene before authorities could interview him about the crash and was taken into custody hours later after investigators obtained a warrant. Soules is charged with leaving the scene of a deadly crash. His defense team, led by high-profile attorney Alfredo Parrish, argued that Soules did everything he could to help Mosher before leaving the scene. But prosecutors say the law is clear about waiting for authorities to talk to all parties involved in the crash.
Soules entered a plea of not guilty in this case. A pretrial conference is scheduled to take place July 11th.