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Motions hearing held for Cole Stevens

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MT. VERNON -- A man accused of causing a deadly crash while driving under the influence of cocaine appeared in court Wednesday for a motions hearing. 

In a standing room only court room, Cole Stevens sat motionless, facing away from the victim's families, and only spoke once, when the judge asked him to affirm what his lawyer said.

Stevens, accused of killing a young woman in a crash while driving under the influence, faces charges of felony aggravated DUI causing death and felony aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm, among other misdemeanors and traffic infractions.

Investigators believe Stevens drove under the influence of cocaine, when he caused a crash leading to the death of 18-year old Emma Caserotti, and causing bodily harm to 18-year-old Tristen Sharp.

The crash happened June 11 on Interstate 57 near the Big Muddy River Correctional Center.

Police say Stevens, headed northbound, crossed the center median and crashed head on into Caserotti's Jeep.

In a hearing that lasted just under 10 minutes, the judge delayed testing of blood and urine until the defense could find experts to observe the tests.

Sitting before Sharp, who wore a neck brace, and several family members of the victims, Stevens spent most of his time before and during the hearing staring, motionless in the opposite direction.

Last week, a judge denied a motion to reduce the 25-year-old Stevens' bond from $250,000 to $30,000, citing the serious nature of the charges, Stevens' criminal history and calling  Stevens a "flight risk." 

Stevens has a 2012 burglary conviction in Williamson County.

Stevens will return to court on August 23 for a pretrial hearing.

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