UPDATE: Janet Hinds' hearing has been postponed to November 14.


PREVIOUS STORY: Janet Hinds was in a Hamilton County Courtroom Wednesday in a procedural hearing. Her next court date was set for October 10.

 

 


PREVIOUS STORY: The woman charged in a hit and run that killed a Chattanooga officer is no longer in custody, following a hearing where her bond was raised on Thursday.

The judge decided Thursday to increase her bond and added more conditions to follow.

This comes after the judge ruled she violated the terms of her previous bond.

Hinds is accused of driving drunk and killing Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger in a hit and run on Hamill Road in February.

"She's either going to pass them or she's going to fail them," Galinger's father Barry said, reacting to the judge's decision Thursday to require hinds to receive more drug and alcohol monitoring while she awaits trial.

"On the very day that she didn't call in, the next day she tested positive for something. So that seems to me to be important to me," Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole said during Thursday's hearing.

Judge Poole ruled Hinds did violate the terms of her bond when she failed to call her probation officer and tested positive for alcohol.

He increased her bond to $175,000 ($15,000 more from what it was previously) and wants her to be tested once a week for drugs and alcohol, plus two more random screenings a month on top of her previous conditions like house arrest and GPS monitoring.

The defense maintained the theory Thursday certain foods and household products inside Hinds' home created what they call a false positive.

"There was no intentional alcohol use. We are obviously concerned about a house full of potential environmental components," Defense Attorney Ben McGowan argued during Thursday's hearing.

Barry and his wife make the trip from Savannah, Georgia for every court hearing, advocating for justice for their son.

And even though days like this one are tough, Barry said the team with the district attorney's office helps them get through it.

"They explain what the law says in the books and what they expect. And they're pretty accurate, let's put it that way. So they do prepare us," he added.

The defense will now spend the next few weeks looking at all of the evidence in the case.

Attorneys will meet again in September, which is when we expect a trial date to be set.

According to the Hamilton County Jail, Hinds was no longer in custody on Thursday evening.

Stay with Channel 3 for updates to this story.


PREVIOUS STORY: Janet Hinds appeared again before a judge Thursday for a bond hearing. 

Judge Don Poole ruled Thursday that Janet Hinds violated the terms of her bond, and increased the bond amount to $175,000.

Poole also added two random drug screens a month to Hinds' bond conditions, in addition to the previously ordered weekly drug screens.

Hinds' next court date is September 4, 2019, which gives her defense team time to go over discovery in the case.

Hinds was indicted by Hamilton County grand jury, arrested and charged with 10 counts related to the death of Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger. 

Hinds struck Galinger with her Honda when she ran through a public works barricade placed on an overflowing manhole cover on Hamill Road. She fled the accident scene, but was arrested several days later when she surrendered herself to police.

Hinds is also named in a $19 million civil lawsuit filed by Galinger's family.


PREVIOUS STORY: The woman charged in the hit-and-run death of Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger appeared in court Monday morning, taking the stand in her own defense.

Janet Hinds will remain in jail, at least until next week.

After hearing from both sides and Hinds herself, the judge choose not to make a ruling during Monday's bond revocation hearing.

For the first time, the public heard the voice of the woman charged with killing Nicholas Galinger.

"I can't go out of my house. I can't go to the mailbox," Hinds said through tears on the stand.

"You can tell a lot from someone, if they have remorse, or sadness in their heart. I didn't sense any," Barry Galinger, father of Nicholas Galinger said.

Barry Galinger and his wife made the drive from Cincinnati to be in the courtroom Monday for their son and to find out why Hinds violated the conditions of her bond.

"We believe she should have never been out of jail," Galinger added.

In her own words, Hinds explained why she didn't called the probation office, something she is required to do Sunday through Thursday.

"And I actually just forgot to call in on that Wednesday. It was so hectic there, I just forgot to call," Hinds said.

Hinds was given a drug test the next day. Results showed she tested positive for alcohol.

The defense argued the results aren't reliable and pointed to the possibility of chemicals from food metabolizing into Hinds' system.

Hinds testified she had pickles, cheese sticks and Japanese food within 24 hours of taking the test but Galinger doesn't buy it.

"It's got to be a real fermented product and pickles, cheese sticks and Japanese food is not it. So that to me is a very weak defense," he said.

The judge shared his opinion before making his ruling.

"The thing that bothers me is calling in. It seems like to me, if you have to call in, and you know all these restrictions were here, you know that everyone is looking at you to comply, it seems like to me, if you have to call Sunday to Thursday, you call in," Judge Don Poole said.

Attorneys did not bring up the results of Hinds' alcohol ankle monitor that she is also required to wear as part of the conditions of her bond.

Poole decided not to rule on whether or not to increase Hinds' bond Monday, saying she will remain in jail until her next court date.

She will be back in court on July 11.


PREVIOUS STORY: Inside of the courtroom this morning where Janet Hinds is expected to appear after being arrested on Friday.

Her bond was revoked after testing positive for alcohol during a drug test, violating the conditions of her bond. 

The judge says the bond will be set at the next court date on July 11th.

 

 


PREVIOUS STORY: Hamilton County Sheriff Deputies took Janet Hinds back into custody Friday after a judge revoked her bond. 

According to court documents, a probation officer filed a request to revoke Hinds' bond on Thursday after Hinds reportedly "failed to report for a random drug screen" on June 20, 2019. 

Ms. Hinds was contacted and instructed to report to Pre-Trial Services," the document notes on June 21. "She reported as instructed and her drug screen returned positive for alcohol."

Hinds' bond was revoked and a warrant was issued for her arrest due to violating the guidelines as set out by the court as a condition of her bond. 

 


PREVIOUS STORY: In a courtroom of about two dozen people Friday, the attorney representing Janet Hinds entered a not guilty plea on her behalf for charges of vehicular homicide by intoxication and driving under the influence. 

Those are the two new charges handed down by a grand jury. In total, Hinds has been indicted on 10 charges connected to the death of Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger.

Hinds was not in court today because her requirement to appear was waived by Judge Don Poole at the request of her attorney, but Officer Nicholas Galinger's father was there.

Barry Galinger said this process has been difficult, but he has faith that his son will get justice. 

"We're very confident with the District Attorney's Office and the Chattanooga Police Department. They've just been outstanding and they have our support and we're really proud to have them helping us," Galinger said.

Hinds is scheduled to be in court again on July 11.


PREVIOUS STORY: Janet Hinds is out on bail for the second time and is now facing new charges in the death of a Chattanooga police officer.

A grand jury heard the evidence against Hinds, adding DUI to the list of charges. Police first charged Hinds back in February, accusing her of hitting and killing Nicholas Galinger and then leaving the scene.

Channel 3 spoke to Officer Galinger's father over the phone Tuesday before Hinds was released from jail on a $7,500 bond. Barry Galinger says the grand jury's decision will not bring his son back, and he has a message for the woman accused of hitting and killing him.

“Stand up and accept the responsibility for the decisions you made that night. You'll be more respected and more easily forgiven by our family,” he said. “I'm sure if she could take it all back she would, but she made those choices and now the judicial system is going to make her stand up for them.”

A grand jury indicted Hinds on a total of ten charges.

“It has brought the truth and reality to Janet Hinds of her grievance mistakes she made the night of the 23rd of February,” said Mr. Galinger.

That night police say Hinds was at the Farm to Fork restaurant in Ringgold. The owner, Hugh Harris, and his employees told investigators Hinds was there for three hours, but showed no signs of impairment.

In a March hearing, a Chattanooga officer testified Hinds had several drinks.

“After the 22-ounce Blue Moon she had another 22-ounce Michelob Ultra according to her itemized receipt, which matched with the video. She then had a shot which was recorded as a lemon drop, a liquor mixed drink. She had a third beer, Michelob Ultra as a 16-ounce beverage and then a fourth beer, a 16-ounce beverage,” the officer testified.

On Tuesday, Harris told Channel 3 he wishes he could comment on the new charges, but says his attorney asked him not to comment due to the ongoing investigation.

Galinger says Hinds' $7,500 bond is not enough.

“I believe her bond should be set several million dollars,” he said. “It really saddens me that she has the opportunity to walk back out those gates.”

Hinds will go before a judge to enter a plea when she moves Hamilton County Criminal Court for her next hearing, which is set for May 10th.


PREVIOUS STORY: The woman charged in the February 23, 2019 death of a Chattanooga police officer has been indicted for new charges.

Janet Hinds was indicted by Hamilton County grand jury Tuesday, arrested and charged with 10 counts related to the death of Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger. 

Those charges are:

  • Vehicular Homicide By Intoxication
  • Reckless Driving
  • Leaving The Scene
  • Failure To Report An Accident
  • Failure To Render Aid
  • Violation Of Traffic Control Device
  • Speeding
  • Drivers To Exercise Due Care
  • Failure To Maintain Lane
  • Driving Under The Influence

Hinds struck Galinger with her Honda when she ran through a public works barricade placed on an overflowing manhole cover on Hamill Road. She fled the accident scene, but was arrested several days later when she surrendered herself to police.

Hinds is also named in a $19 million civil lawsuit filed by Galinger's family.

Hinds was seen at a Ringgold restaurant prior to the crash.

Channel 3 reached out to Farm to Fork restaurant owner Eric Harris, who said 'The investigation is ongoing so I cannot speak on the matter. I have also been advised by my attorney not to speak. However, I wish I could. There is a lot to say.'

Hinds was booked at the Hamilton County Jail and then released on bond.