(Columbus, GA) There are new details about the 74 year old driver charged in connection with the fatal accident of an undercover police officer.
Alec Komendantov was formally booked late yesterday in the Muscogee County Jail and released on bond for misdemeanor charges including Homicide by Vehicle in the second degree.
Corporal Keith Slay was reportedly responding to a back up call July 30th when he sped down Veterans Parkway in heavy afternoon traffic sideswiping Komendantov's vehicle according to official reports.
Though investigators determined the undercover officer was speeding at the time of the incident, Komendantov was charged at the discretion of the Columbus Police Department.
The 32 year history of service of Corporal Slay was revealed almost immediately after the accident but little was known about the other driver...until now.
The attorney representing Komendantov, Michael Reynolds tells NBC 38 his client has his own record of service. Komendantov, he says escaped the Nazis and Russians and fled to America during World War II. Reynolds' says it was then he learned to speak English at the age of 11. The Vietnam Veteran later served as a US Army Captain with Special Forces.
In an exclusive television interview , Reynolds, a former prosecutor says the charges don't add up in his professional opinion.
"When you're a defense attorney many times you find yourself as an advocate, regardless of whether your client is guilty or not guilty you have to be an advocate. Because you have a higher duty or responsibility as a prosecutor because you can not prosecute a case in bad faith. And in this particular case, I've been a prosecutor before and looking at the facts in this case and knowing what I know about this case, this is one of those cases had I been on the other side, I would have to decline to prosecute this case. I just don't believe that they used the criteria that had been handed down in this particular case. In my understanding initially there was kind of that knee jerk reaction, they were going to charge him right then and there. They backed off that and we discussed that to have what they deemed a more thorough investigation. But I've noticed its been now, I don't remember the exact date of this accident, but we've had this long number of weeks, you can do the math, and now they've come forward and made the decision to prosecute. I presume it was made by an officer or officers. To my knowledge there was no input from a prosecuting attorney," Reynolds said.
The charges related to the case are all misdemeanors and will be reviewed by the Solicitor General and prosecuted in State Court.
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