Judge finds probable cause in Skeens case

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MORGANTON, N.C.,None — A judge ruled Monday there is probable cause that a woman killed a father and son in an October hit-and-run.

The decision came when Amie Jo Skeens, 37, of Hickory appeared in Burke County district court on for a probable cause hearing on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of felony hit-and-run.

Investigators with the N.C. Highway Patrol allege Skeens was driving a 1999 Dodge Caravan at about 6 p.m. on Oct. 25 when she crossed the centerline on Airport Rhodhiss Road and struck two motorcycles. Killed were 19-year-old Kevin Moody and his father 42-year-old Stephen Moody, both of Connelly Springs. The father and son were on the same motorcycle. Two others were injured.

Troopers say Skeens fled the scene, but a passing motorist followed her and Skeens was arrested a short time later.

Results of blood tests are pending, but troopers believe Skeens was drunk and high on marijuana and cocaine at the time of the wreck.

Skeens' blood-alcohol content was .10 when troopers tested her more than three hours after the wreck.

A new court date has not been set, according to the office of the Burke County Clerk of Court. Officials don't expect any movement on the case until a grand jury hears the indictment.

Skeens will appear in court on Dec. 13 on a charge of driving while impaired, according to court calendars. That charge stems from the same incident.

Skeens had asked for a bond reduction at a first appearance. The judge told her that her lawyer would have to file a motion for bond reduction.

No motion has been filed, according to the clerk's office. Her bond is $145,000 secured. She remains in Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility.