Dobson Pleads ‘No Contest’ To Vehicular Homicide

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An Auburntown man entered a “no contest” plea to the charge of Vehicular Homicide Tuesday in Cannon County Circuit Court.

Judge Don Ash accepted the plea and after finding Travis Lee Dobson guilty scheduled a sentencing hearing for Oct. 5.

Vehicular Homicide is a Class B Felony. Dobson could be sentenced to serve from 8 to 30 years in prison under Tennessee law.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial later this month before the plea agreement was reached.

Dobson was indicted by the January, 2011 term of the Cannon County Grand Jury on charges of vehicular homicide and several counts of drug possession.

The accident occurred on May 5, 2010 on Auburntown Road and resulted in the death of Robert Eddie Ward of Murfreesboro.

Dobson allegedly failed to properly negotiate a curve, overcorrected and then hit Ward’s vehicle head-on.

Court records indicate the offense was related to the use of methamphetamine.

A witness  to Tuesday's hearing said family members sought an admission from Dobson that he was responsible for causing Ward's death, but Dobson did not do so.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman Darren Butler and Woodbury Police Officer John House were the investigating officers.

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