Southern Illinois man accused of reckless homicide, felony DUI in wreck that killed wife


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BELLEVILLE, Illinois — A southern Illinois man is free on bond after being accused of causing his wife's death in a drunken driving crash in January.

The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1oNGbYG ) reports that St. Clair County prosecutors have charged 51-year-old Todd Barnett with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. Both are felonies.

Authorities allege the Lebanon man was driving a vehicle Jan. 24 when it crashed on Interstate 64 in East St. Louis, killing 54-year-old Julie Barnett.

Barnett surrendered himself to O'Fallon police on Thursday night and was freed on $40,000 bond.

Online court records don't show whether he has an attorney. He does not have a listed home telephone number.


Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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