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No Deal For Pregnant Woman Accused In Fatal DUI

Candice OoleyMADERA COUNTY — A Clovis woman remains behind bars as she faces charges of felony DUI and manslaughter after causing a crash that killed one and injured three others on May 21.

Candice Ooley, 23, has appeared in court on three separate occasions, each time asking for her bail to be reduced, and each time, having it raised by Judge Ernie LiCalsi.

Her initial bail was set at $150,000, and has since been raise to $250,000, and finally to $300,000.

Her most recent appearance was on June 22 to have the date for her preliminary hearing set, but her attorney asked for a continuance to allow more time to gather medical records on those who were injured or died in the crash.

The judge set the next hearing for July 28, but District Attorney David Linn says he has given “explicit instructions” to his deputies that he will not agree to any more continuances, will not make any offers, and is ready to move forward on the case.

“I’m not going to mess around with this case,” says Linn. “We’re ready to move forward, we’re ready for trial, and we’re not making any deals. I want to see her in jail.”

Ooley is charged with felony DUI causing great bodily injury, and manslaughter. She faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Ooley was arrested on Friday, May 20, after she crashed into the back of a Hummer on Highway 41 north of Road 200, killing Frederico Nunez Silva, and injuring three others. Her blood alcohol level was .32 at the time of the crash, and she was 6 to 8 months pregnant.






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