INDEPENDENCE — A plea agreement should be complete by next week in the felony case against Chris Soules, 36, of Arlington, who starred in the reality TV show “The Bachelor,” according to his attorney.
Soules is charged with the class D felony of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death. IN April 2017, he allegedly drove his pickup into the back of a tractor driven by Kenny Mosher, 66, of Aurora, and then left the scene. Mosher died of injuries suffered in the crash.
Earlier this week, Soules withdrew his request for a change of venue and Judge Andrea Dryer removed the the case from the Nov. 7 trial schedule.
Defense Attorney Brandon Brown, who represents Soules wrote in a motion filed Tuesday, Oct. 30: “The parties are presently working on the final details of a plea agreement and should have it completed in the next 10 days.”
Dryer, acting on Brown’s motion, modified Soules’s pre-trial release conditions to allow him to travel out of state without first securing written permission and supervision by the Department of Correctional Services
Soules’s next court date is 2:30 p.m., Nov. 13, at the Buchanan County Courthouse.
Soules’s defense unsuccessfully tried to have the case dismissed by challenging the constitutionality of the law under which he was charged with leaving the scene. Dryer in January ruled against the dismissal and was later backed up by the Iowa Supreme Court, which ordered the district court to proceed as if there had been no appeal.