CARLYLE — The preliminary hearing for a 25-year-old Damiansville man charged in the early June hit and run death of 22-year-old Lana E. Albert was continued Wednesday morning until August 19, at 11 a.m.
Defendant Jonathon Nast appeared Wednesday morning in Clinton County court with his attorney Joe Heilegenstein who filed the motion to delay the preliminary hearing.
A preliminary hearing is the point in the judicial process when the prosecution presents its case on the record to the judge and the judge decides if there is probable cause to move forward the case against the defendant forward to trial.
The preliminary hearing is often called “the trial, before the trial,” as the prosecution often calls witnesses to testify and may introduce physical evidence supporting the charges they have filed against the defendant. But that will now have to wait until August 19.
Nast, who is free on $2,500 bond, is with charged with Class 1 felony failure to report an accident resulting in death and Class 4 felony obstruction of justice through the destruction of evidence.
Albert was killed in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 8, her body found on the side of old U.S. Highway 50 on the west side of Breese.
Nast was arrested days later, after it was found he sold his truck to a Murphysboro scrap yard with the intent of having the vehicle crushed.
However, law enforcement recovered the vehicle, and say there was evidence indicating it had been involved in an accident with a pedestrian, consistent with the one that killed Albert.
Both Albert and Nast had been at Big Stix Sports Bar and Grill in Breese shortly before the fatal incident.