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Crash victim's father upset that suspect has been out on bond

A father is speaking out about the loss of his daughter, and the man accused of her murder.

Jeffery Bailey is charged with murder for the deaths of 29-year-old Anna Hamilton and 32-year-old Brian Way.

Both died in a crash in 2010 in Scott County.

Nearly two years after the crash that killed his daughter, Frank Hamilton remembers those first moments after he got the news.

"The toughest thing I've ever had to do in my life ever was to call Anna's four siblings and her mother and tell each one of them individually that Anna had been killed in a car wreck," Hamilton said. "That was just unbelievable."

Police say Jeffery Bailey crossed the center line when he hit the truck carrying Anna Hamilton and Brian Way, killing them both. In the days that followed, loved ones learned Bailey had a history of charges including four for operating on a suspended license. A grand jury charged Bailey with two counts of murder and found that he was under the influence of narcotics during the crash. When the court agreed to free him on bond, Hamilton couldn't believe it.

"It just shows a total disregard for what happened to me and my family," Hamilton said.

The conditions of Bailey's release were strict, and Hamilton says during his long wait for justice learning about any act of noncompliance only adds to the family's grief.

"It stirs it up every time that there's a hearing or you hear about a violation," Hamilton said.

An attorney for Bailey declined our request to interview the defendant, but he insists his client has not violated the terms of his release and that an upcoming hearing will show that, but Hamilton sees a pattern of behavior that he says continues to go unchecked.

"If he (Bailey) doesn't accept his responsibility for this, and if he were to escape the system in this particular case, then who's to say it's not going to happen again?," Hamilton said. "You know, that's part of what you hope to accomplish in a proceeding like this is to prevent this pain from happening for someone else."

Bailey will be back in court for a hearing next week. His trial isn't scheduled to begin until next fall.


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