State, Defense Rest in Fatal Bus Stop Trial; Jury May Get Case

Monday morning, the defense team for Pastor Bailey who is on trial for allegedly driving past a stopped school bus and killing 11-year-old Hasani Wesley, called two witnesses. One was a woman who said she was on her way to the YMCA and the other was an expert in reconstruction.

After the lunch break, the state recalled the victim's mother to the stand to rebuttal some witnesses testimony for the defense.

The accident happened in Kernersville on December 19th of 2012.

According to police, Wesley was crossing the street towards his school bus when Bailey hit him with his Jeep.

Bailey, a pastor at Crossroad Ministry in Walkertown, took the witness stand in his own defense last Thursday.

He was questioned for less than an hour and choked up several times during his testimony.

He reiterated his claim that he did not see Wesley in the street and the school bus wasn't stopped.

Bailey also told the court he was looking at the bus anticipating it would stop, but it never did.

Even after he hit Wesley, Bailey said he had no idea what he had crashed into until he stopped more than 300 feet ahead and then walked back.

"I walked to [Hasani} and lied down beside him. The first thing I did was put the back of my hand to his mouth to see if he was still breathing and at that point in time, I assumed that he was. And, being in the field that I'm in, I just started praying for him," Bailey said, his voiced heavy with emotions.

The prosecution also questioned him. Bailey admitted to knowing the road where the accident happened, he passes by every morning to work, he knows there are school buses that take that route and that children do get on the bus in the area.

Before leaving the stand, a state attorney asked Bailey, "you were just trying to beat the stop arm of that bus, weren't you?" to which Bailey replied, "no."

The victim's mother, Odina Wesley, the school bus driver, investigators and others have already testified on the prosecution's side.

The case could go to the jury this week and perhaps jurors might even render a verdict.

Stay with WFMY News 2, @WFMY , and @ReporterFaith for updates.


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