Man charged with the death of Roan Mountain teen gets new lawyer

Published 8:48 am Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A Kingsport man who had been charged in a dual indictment because of a wreck that resulted in the death of a Roan Mountain juvenile and injury to another teen was in Carter County Criminal Court Tuesday to pick up a new attorney.

Cory Ray Mowdy, 30, 1725 Green Valley Drive, Kingsport, appeared before Judge Lisa Rice to request another court-appointed attorney.

David Crockett had represented Mowdy. Judge Rice appointed the First Judicial District Public Defender’s office to represent Mowdy. The judge also ordered Mowdy to be back in court December 12 for a pretrial motion and plea hearing.

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Mowdy is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide (driving under the influence) and vehicular assault in connection with an incident that occurred in March 2018 when a 1991 Honda driven by then 29-year-old Cory Mowdy crossed a center line on Highway 19E at the Simerly Creek exit and struck head-on a 2003 Saturn that 17-year-old Brandi Thompson, Roan Mountain, was in which resulted in her death.

Mowdy was not charged in the incident until almost a year later when a grand jury returned a true bill March 8 charging him with aggravated criminal homicide and vehicular assault. As a result of the indictment, a capias was issued and CCSO deputies finally arrested Mowdy March 28 in Newton, N.C., and transported him to the detention center.

Tennessee law allows for the charge of “aggravated vehicular homicide” in cases “the defendant has two or more prior convictions for, driving under the influence of an intoxicant; vehicular assault; or any combination of such offenses.” The charge is a Class A felony and, if convicted, Mowdy could face 15 to 60 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Mowdy is also charged with an additional count of vehicular assault because another juvenile was also hurt in the accident and was transported to a local hospital for injuries.

Brandi Thompson was attending Cloudland High School at the time of her death. During the graduation ceremony held in May, her mother was presented with a degree in her honor.

Mowdy is currently being housed in the Carter County Jail with a $150,000 bond.