INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) — A judge has decided not to reconsider dropping a charge against Chris Soules.
Judge Andrea Dryer denied the request in a hearing on Monday. Soules and his defense asked for the court to reconsider dropping the charge of leaving a fatal accident against him in January. Soules claimed Iowa's law requiring surviving drivers to remain at a fatal accident until police arrive is unconstitutional.
The 36-year-old former "The Bachelor" star is accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident after driving his truck into a tractor on April 24. Kenneth Mosher, 66, died as a result after his tractor rolled into a ditch. Soules made the original 911 call but left the scene as first responders arrived. He was found and arrested at his home five hours later.
Soules also waived his one-year-speedy trial right, meaning he will not go to trial until after April.
A trial date for Soules has been pushed back multiple times already and a judge previously ruled in a court filing that a trial date will be scheduled sometime before May 7.
Soules has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, Soules faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $7,500 fine.