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Suspected drunk driver in Slaughter crash hires attorney

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Brett Gerald was wheeled into court for a bond hearing surrounded by guards. He broke his ankles in the crash. Brett Gerald was wheeled into court for a bond hearing surrounded by guards. He broke his ankles in the crash.
CLINTON, LA (WAFB) -

The man suspected of being drunk when the truck he was driving collided head-on with a car, killing all seven people inside, has now retained legal counsel.

Brett Gerald, 30, of Greensburg, LA has hired attorney Tommy Damico to represent him.

Gerald is charged with seven counts of vehicular homicide following the deadly crash in Slaughter, LA last month. If convicted, Gerald faces a maximum of 200 years in prison.

He was flanked by law enforcement agents as he was wheeled into the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Clinton, LA for a bond hearing Tuesday. Judge William Carmichael set Gerald's bond at $1 million. His arraignment hearing is scheduled for June 26.

"It's a fair bond," said District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla. "Everybody is entitled to a bond. Unfortunately, that's what the law is."

If Gerald posts bond, he will have to follow the judge's set conditions. Gerald will not be allowed to operate a motor vehicle. He will be required to live at his father's house and he is required to wear an ankle monitor. He will only be allowed to go to the doctor's office and church, but he has to get pre-approved to do those things.

Gerald's arraignment hearing is scheduled for June 26. He is expected to plead not guilty.

The crash happened Wednesday, May 30 around 10 p.m. Investigators said Grandmother Brenda Gaines was driving her daughter Denise Gaines and Denise's four children, Diamond Johnson, Jyran Johnson, Willie Gaines and Rogerick Johnson, Jr. Also in the vehicle was a fellow church member Angela Mosley. 

The group was headed back to Baton Rouge from a bible study in Clinton.

Brenda, Denise, Diamond, Jyran and Angela were all killed instantly in the crash. Willie Gaines was taken off life support June 3. Rogerick Johnson died Sunday, June 10.

According to the Louisiana State Police, Gerald was out celebrating his 30th birthday and was under the influence of alcohol. After testing his Blood/Alcohol Content, troopers said Gerald's BAC was .15g percent, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08g percent.

Reportedly, there will be another hearing in August and the case could go to trial as soon as December.

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