Manslaughter Indictment

By: KBTX Staff
By: KBTX Staff

The motorist accused of striking and killing a Washington County sheriff's deputy last month has been indicted for manslaughter.

Authorities say 31-year-old James Yell of Dime Box was driving the Chevy pickup that hit Deputy Donald Wass on Highway 36 north of Bellville.

The 10-year law enforcement veteran was on his motorcycle heading to work. Wass died at the scene.

According to the indictment, Yell was passing in a no-passing zone, failed to yield right-of-way and was speeding.

If convicted, Yell faces up to 20 years in prison.

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