A 45-year-old Vilonia man facing negligent homicide charges in the December 2015 death of Amber Terry will stand trial later this year.
Scott Ruminer was set to stand trial later this month. However, he recently dropped his counsel and hired a new attorney and the trial was ultimately rescheduled during a Tuesday hearing.
Previously represented by the Shaw Firm, the 45-year-old man has now hired on Mark Alan Jesse of the Jesse Law Firm to plead his case in court.
Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Clawson Jr. agreed Tuesday to reschedule Ruminer's two-day jury trial, which was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. June 26. Looking sternly at Ruminer and his newly-obtained attorney, Clawson said he will not push Ruminer's trial back any further than December.
"Mr. Jesse, this is it. We're going to give you a trial date and we're going to trial," he said, noting Ruminer had ample time to obtain a new attorney but instead "show[ed] up at the 11th hour and ask[ed] for a new date."
Ruminer's charges stem from a Dec. 5, 2015, crash on Saltillo Road that left 25-year-old Amber Terry dead.
While speaking with paramedics and other first responders on scene, Ruminer reportedly apologized for the crash, stating he fell asleep behind the wheel. However, according to a probable cause affidavit, Ruminer was "very alert" when speaking to paramedics on scene.
Online records show Ruminer previously attempted to have evidence collected via a blood test taken at Conway Regional Medical Center following the crash thrown out as evidence in his case. The request was ultimately denied in June 2017.
Records show Ruminer is accused of "unlawfully and feloniously" causing Terry's death by "operating a vehicle while intoxicated or having an alcohol concentration level of [0.08]." According to the felony information filed against him, he is also accused of "negligently caus[ing] the death of another person while passing a stopped school bus."
Ruminer is now scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 for a pretrial hearing, with a two-day jury trial set to follow in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Dec. 19 and 20.