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Suspect in 2017 vehicular homicide waives trial by jury

Joseph Dakota Richey is accused of causing a fatal vehicle fire that claimed the life of a UL graduate student.
Joseph Dakota Richey
Posted at 1:08 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 14:16:28-05

LAFAYETTE, La. — Joseph Dakota Richey of Scott has waived his right to a trial by jury, according to a motion filed by his attorney last week.

Richey, 26, is accused of causing an April 2017 crash on Congress Street near the intersection of Guilbeau Road where the vehicle of Brad Wedlock caught fire and killed the UL Lafayette graduate student.

According to court records, Richey was charged by the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office with vehicular homicide, OWI, possession of synthetic cannabinoids (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, no seat belt and reckless operation.

Richey also had previous charges against him at the time of the fatal crash.

He was charged in August 2015 with possession of drug paraphernalia, and in December 2015 with resisting arrest and two counts of possession of synthetic marijuana.

Richey is scheduled for a felony trial on July 13 in Lafayette.