FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) -- His arm in a cast and needing help getting up the courthouse steps, Rep. Bill Janklow made his first court appearance since police said he ran a stop sign in his car and collided with a motorcycle, killing the Minnesota rider.
At a hearing Tuesday that lasted less than five minutes, Janklow's attorneys requested a preliminary hearing, which was set for Sept. 25-26. The hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to bring Janklow to trial.
Janklow was charged Friday with second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, speeding and failure to stop. If convicted, Janklow could get up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for second-degree manslaughter and a year in jail and a $1,000 fine for reckless driving.
The House ethics committee will automatically investigate if Janklow is convicted of a felony. Charges alone do not trigger a probe, although the committee can launch one in some cases.
Circuit Court Judge Rodney Steele allowed Janklow to remain free on a personal recognizance bond after concluding he was not at risk of not showing up for court appearances.
Janklow, a 63-year-old Republican, served as South Dakota's attorney general for four years and governor for 16 years before being elected to the state's lone House seat last year.
The Republican was on his way home to Brandon on Aug. 16 and was going 71 mph in a 55 mph zone when the 1995 Cadillac he was driving went through an intersection and collided with a Harley-Davidson driven by Randy Scott of Hardwick, Minn., according to authorities.
Scott, 55, a Vietnam veteran, farmer, trucking business owner and volunteer firefighter, died at the scene. Janklow hurt his head and right hand and is still recovering.
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