Pastor Accused Of Killing Boy At School Bus Stop On Trial

Nearly a year and half after a Triad boy's death at a school bus stop, his accused killer is facing the law, and the mother of the boy, in a Forsyth County Superior Court room.

Back in December of 2012, 11-year-old Hasani Wesley was crossing the street to catch his school bus in Kernersville, when he was hit by a car.

The driver of that car, Billy Bailey , admitted to state troopers that he did not see Hasani, when he hit him.

It took about two months for the district attorney to file charges against Bailey.

Hasani's mother, Odina Wesley, was inside the courtroom for the second day to see every bit of the judicial process. She gave her emotional testimony on Tuesday, the first day of the trial.

Wesley says she's being reminded of every horrible detail she has tried to forget since her son died.
She broke down at least once when a deputy testified about the last moments of her son's life; even the deputy herself shed some tears once she got off the stand.

Prosecutors are trying to prove that Bailey saw a stopped school bus with flashing lights and still did not stop, causing that accident and killing Hasani. Some of the evidence presented in court by Investigators included video of their accident reconstruction – the condition of the road, the lighting, time of day, and traffic.

The defense claims the school bus was still moving and only had amber lights on when Bailey was approaching. It wasn't until he accidentally hit Hasani that the bus stopped, according to Bailey's lawyers, who say he was blinded by the headlights and did not see the child.

The prosecution has called about a dozen witnesses so far to try to refute that.

"When we would get our pings every 10 seconds, it would tell us when the amber lights come on, whatever the bus is doing at the time, it would send that information," said a representative with the WSFCS bus management team while on the witness stand.

Both sides spent Wednesday going back and forth about what the data from the bus means.

Meanwhile, Bailey sat quietly inside the courtroom, listening attentively to the witnesses.

He also had his church family there to support him.

"I just feel for everybody involved. There's a little boy who Is not going to be around, who's not going to grow up, and a pastor who is crushed by it because he loves kids," Marilyn Fredrick said. She's been Bailey's congregation member for about a year at Crossroads Ministry in Kernersville.

She says Bailey has been leading the church even through this difficult time.

"It couldn't have been a worse situation. There are no winners here. Everybody is affected by it. It was just a bad set of circumstances that brought it to be," Fredrick said.

The defense plans to put Bailey on the stand. That could happen as soon as Thursday.

Hasani's death sparked changes to state law.

A bill in his named was approved by the state assembly and increased the minimum fine for drivers who pass stopped school buses.

Drivers must now pay a $500 fine and in some cases, they could also lose their licenses.

Drivers who kill a student could face a minimum $2,500 fine.

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