A Honey Grove man pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of manslaughter and a host of other charges stemming from a wreck that happened back in 2016. Testimony in his trial is expected to start Tuesday in the 336th state district court with Judge Laurine Blake presiding.
Billy Basye will be represented in the case by his court-appointed attorney Steven Miears. The case will be prosecuted by Don Hoover with the Fannin County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges come from a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 56 between Windom and Honey Grove in Fannin County on March 6, 2016. Reports from the time of the incident show that Basye was driving a Chevrolet pickup eastbound on Hwy. 56 when his vehicle crossed the centerline, veering into oncoming traffic. Rachel Roberts, 30, of Windom was driving a Dodge car heading westbound at the same time. Basye’s truck hit Robert’s car in a head-on collision.
There were three people in Robert’s car including herself, an 18-year-old girl and 8-year-old Tyler Roberts. Both Rachel Roberts and Tyler Roberts were pronounced dead at the scene. The teen was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.
Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser said the trial is expected to take about a week.