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Judge grants DUI suspect more time to hire attorney

Steven Andrew Boyce (Buy photo)

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- The man accused of causing a June 26 crash that killed four members of a Stephenson family has more time to hire an attorney.

Steven Andrew Boyce, 20, of 221 Hawk Trail, Shawneeland, was brought to Frederick County Circuit Court from jail Thursday for a hearing on an alleged probation violation.

Boyce told retired Judge Benjamin Kendrick he needed more time to hire an attorney. The defendant said he intended to raise money to hire Roger Inger or his law partner, Christopher Collins. Kendrick granted Boyce more time and rescheduled his hearing on the probation matter for Aug. 2.

Authorities claim Boyce violated the conditions of his supervised release imposed for a conviction of possession or distribution of more than one-half ounce but less than 5 pounds of marijuana.

A judge had sentenced Boyce on July 20, 2010, to three years in prison for the conviction, but suspended the time and ordered him to serve two years of supervised probation.

Boyce stands charged in the court with one count each of aggravated involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence and underage possession of alcohol.

Authorities arrested Boyce after a two-vehicle crash claimed the lives of Mark Roe, 49, his wife, Amanda Roe, 31, and their two sons, Caleb, 11, and Tyler, 4.

Court documents indicate a preliminary breath test showed Boyce had a blood alcohol content of 0.27 percent at the time of the crash.

Prior to the crash, a charge of underage possession of alcohol on Oct. 18 was pending in Frederick County General District Court against Boyce.

Court records indicate Inger represents him on the misdemeanor.

At his first appearance on the new charges June 29, Judge Amy Tisinger ordered Boyce to remain held without bond at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center and noted the defendant had indicated a desire to hire his own attorney.

A conviction of aggravated involuntary manslaughter in Virginia carries between the mandatory minimum of one year and the maximum prison term of 20 years.

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