A Taylorville man who is accused of hitting a pedestrian with his car appeared in court on Tuesday. 20-year-old Preston Newingham appeared in custody with public defender Tiffany Senger. A preliminary hearing was held. A preliminary hearing is held to find if there is probable cause to hold a defendant. After listening to testimony from Detective Rob Thomason, probable cause was found. Newingham waived formal arraignment, plead not guilty, and requested a trial by jury. No trial date was set yet, but the next pretrial was set for March 24th.
A bond hearing was conducted. The court found that a bond was necessary and set bond at $500,000. Newingham is accused of hitting a man with his car at the intersection of Adams and Clay in Taylorville on January 27th.