By Jeff Awtrey - email
UNION COUNTY, N.M. (KTRE) - A judge has raised the bond amount to $100,000 for a man charged with killing a Lufkin man while driving drunk in New Mexico.
Union County Deputy Mike Shumate said Floyd Hobson, 61, attended his arraignment on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide.
Magistrate Judge Tim Hodo doubled the initial $50,000 bond, saying he considered Hobson to be a flight risk. It is a cash-only bond, meaning Hobson cannot use a bail bondsman to get out of jail.
Authorities say Hobson was driving drunk on Feb. 6 when he crashed into Taylor Chambers, 20, and Patrick Chambers, 26, both of Lufkin, pinning them between his vehicle and another vehicle belonging to someone they were trying to help get out of a ditch. Taylor Chambers was pronounced dead that night at a Raton, N.M., hospital. Patrick Chambers is recovering from serious injuries at an Albuquerque hospital.
Shumate said Hobson is filing as an indigent, meaning he wants the state to furnish him with an attorney.
Hobson will have a hearing within the next 15 days to determine if the state has enough evidence to send the case to district court, Shumate said.