He’s Not Here is one of the two bars where authorities say Kania consumed alcohol while underage before driving and hitting a car head-on on I-85, killing three people. He’s Not will go before a judge during the week of Jan. 25.
The former UNC student’s case will be continued on Jan. 12. Kania, 20, was indicted in September. Charges included three counts of second-degree murder, one count each of felony serious injury by motor vehicle and one count of driving while impaired, according to police.
“(Kania is) struggling every day with what’s happened here and just struggles with his thoughts about the (victims’) families,” said Roger Smith, Jr., defense attorney for Kania.
Kania’s attorneys, Roger Smith, Jr. and Wade Smith, said they are currently in the process of share and discovery and will continue meeting with Assistant District Attorney Jeff Nieman.
“I don’t think his mom has stopped weeping since this happened,” Wade Smith said. “They realize that this is a long journey, there is a long ways to go and that their son will certainly go to prison.”
The ABC Commission sent He’s Not an offer of compromise in September, which stated the bar should surrender their ABC permits by Nov. 6. Instead of settling with the commission and surrendering its permits, He’s Not will have a hearing in front of Judge Randolph Ward, an administrative law judge.
Agnes Stevens, spokesperson for the ABC Commission, said He’s Not’s permits are still active and the bar can still sell alcohol prior to the trial.