NORWICH – The Chenango County Grand Jury met Wednesday and handed up several criminal indictments. At the proceedings, the District Attorney’s Office presents evidence against those they wish to prosecute and the jury decides if there is enough reasonable cause to charge a person.
The grand jury indicted 11 individuals:
• Ethan J. David, 22, of Greene, was indicted for criminally negligent homicide, first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle – both Class E felonies – and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.
Police said 20-year-old Philip J. Stacy, also of Greene, was killed after he fell from the back bumper of the vehicle David was driving. According to the indictment, at 3:27 a.m. May 29 in the Town of Smithville, “the defendant was operating a 1999 GMC Suburban, a motor vehicle, while in an intoxicated condition and knowing (the victim), was hanging on the rear of the vehicle. (The victim) fell off the back of said vehicle striking his head on the pavement resulting in death.”
District Attorney Joseph A. McBride said David’s license was under suspension at the time of the incident for a pending DWI case outside of Chenango County.
“It’s my understanding that this individual’s license was suspended pending a prosecution in another unrelated drinking and driving matter out of the area. He goes to school out of the area,” said McBride.
McBride also noted this was David’s third alcohol-related criminal arrest.
• Meghan L. Matthews, 24, of Unadilla, was indicted with third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class B Felony, after allegedly having 40 tablets of a controlled prescription drug in her possession. She was arrested March 22 in the Town of Afton with tablets of hydrocodone and acetaminophen which are a generic names of the narcotic pain reliever, Vicodin.