New Year's driver faces aggravated homicide charges

SUBLETTE COUNTY – The woman charged with aggravated homicide while intoxicated – killing a Pinedale man in a New Year’s Day collision in Hoback Canyon – made her first court appearance Monday at 11:30.

Jade S. Jewkes, 28, who lives in Thayne and works in Jackson, was arrested Jan. 1 after her SUV collided with a pickup-plow truck driven by Shane Deal Friday afternoon near Granite Hot Springs Road.

Jewkes is charged in Sublette County with two felony counts of aggravated homicide, one for driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher and one for being intoxicated to the degree of being incapable of safely driving. She is also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

The videoconference initial appearance before Judge Curt Haws on Monday showed a somber Deal family gathered at home, Jewkes’ parents holding hands behind defense attorney John LaBuda and Jewkes herself in custody, weeping throughout the hearing.

In this hearing Judge Haws explained the charges, penalties, bail and a preliminary hearing where he will decide if there is cause to bond over the felony charges to 9th District Court.

Sublette County Attorney Mike Crosson requested Jewkes’ bail to be set at $75,000 cash only – “Obviously she has demonstrated herself to be a serous threat to the community.”

He referred to numerous calls made by other drivers about Jewkes’ driving and a Wyoming Highway Patrol affidavit.

LaBuda countered with a bail request of $50,000 cash or surety. Jewkes is employed as a loan officer at a Jackson bank and has a house in Lincoln County, he said, adding that her parents want her to live with them in Jackson. Her parents had a bail bondsman meeting them in Pinedale and cleared all knives, firearms and anything dangerous to Jewkes’ wellbeing, LaBuda said.

She should be restricted to Teton County to live and work and Sublette County for court appearances, he said, “to alleviate the rightful concerns Mr. Crosson has.”

Crosson asked for $150,000 cash or surety bond; Judge Haws agreed. Jewkes must wear the SCRAM bracelet and stay in Teton and Sublette counties. She is not allowed to drive or consume alcohol or controlled substances.

Her preliminary hearing for probable cause will be Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Sublette County Circuit Court.


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