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Saturday January 28th

Chandler Kania's case continued to Aug. 16

Former UNC student Chandler Kania’s case has been continued until August, court records confirm. 

Orange County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Nieman said Judge Allen Baddour has set the case for pre-trial motions for Aug. 16 and trial for Oct. 3. 

Authorities say Kania drove drunk and hit a car head-on while driving the wrong way down I-85 in July 2015, killing three people and injuring a fourth. Kania has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder, according to court documents, along with other charges.

“But that does not preclude us from reaching a plea agreement before then and having it heard prior to then,” Nieman said.

One of Kania’s attorneys, Wade Smith, said accident reports have been drafted and the investigation has continued, however, the court will want to set a potential trial date. 

“The court, the judge and the prosecutor will now want to get this case moving along,” Smith said. “We begin to get into a period in which the business of getting the case on the calendar is where we are.”

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