DA: Chattanooga bus driver received phone call around time of crash

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WATE) - Records show a Chattanooga bus driver received a phone call around the time of a crash that killed some students onboard. 

Johnthony Walker appeared in court Tuesday. He faces 34 charges including 6 counts of vehicular homicide. 

ABC-affiliate WTVC says Walker's attorney asked the judge to remove evidence from the trial that she believes is unfair. His trial is set for Feb. 27.

His lawyer believes Walker's phone calls made from jail should not be released to the public in order to protect his privacy and for safety. 

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston said he did not have a problem with the request. However, Pinkston asked for records from Walker's phone from near the time of the crash to be allowed as evidence. 

The DA says records show Walker received a phone call around the time of the crash that lasted four minutes. 

The judge ruled that there will be a hearing regarding the phone records. 


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