It’s hard to believe that we have such a-holes as local authorities! Don’t you think this family has been through enough based on an accident of all things that led to their daughter’s death? Hopefully, Attorney Tim Jansen can represent this man and help the jury find out the facts to his innocence. Hard to believe that he would want a 13-year old to run his own daughter over on private property. This is another instance of local a-holes as authorities that need to stay the hell out of people’s lives that only make things worse for accidents that do exist.
The wife of a Jefferson County man accused of the manslaughter of their six year old daughter is supporting her husband.
Cara Courson says she doesn’t blame anyone for the death of her six year old daughter Rebecca, including her husband David Courson.
“I need him with me he’s my rock,” she said.
Cara came to the Jefferson County Jail Wednesday morning to see David.
Early Monday evening, investigators say David Courson was a passenger in his pick up truck when a 13 year old girl, who was driving, accidentally ran over and killed 6 year old Becca Courson.
Investigators say the driver, who’s a friend of the Coursons’ older daughter and David Courson had alcohol on their breath.
Marijuana was also found in the truck.
Charges may be pending against the girl depending on the results of her blood test.
“No I don’t think she should be charged,” said Cara. “The girl is 13 years old, 14 years old,” she said. “She’s a baby, she’s a baby too, she’s somebody’s baby,” Cara said.
Wednesday morning, a Jefferson County Judge set a $350,000 bond for David Courson’s negiligent manslaughter charge.
If Cara can raise the 10 percent needed to get David out of jail, he won’t be allowed to drink alcohol or take drugs.
He can’t return within 500 feet of the accident scene and he can have no contact with minor children, including his two surviving children.
“I think its ridiculous, but if that’s how it has to be, that’s how it has to be,” said Cara.
“We could have another hearing to address that issue and certainly that will be something we’ll look into,” said the assistant public defender Davis Revell who appeared in court for David Courson.
Meanwhile, Cara Courson wants to get David out of jail so he can grieve with the rest of his family and help plan his daughter’s funeral.
“I had to go and look through a glass, a fricking glass to say David, do you want your daughter to wear a purple dress,” said Cara.
She says the whole story hasn’t come out yet because investigators have yet to interview her 8 year old son, who was in the back seat of the pick up truck.
A spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed investigators haven’t interviewed the boy yet.
Cara also says her husband would never give alcohol to minors.
Revell says the marijuana didn’t belong to David and he was trying to stop the girl from driving the truck.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen informed Eyewitness News he’s now representing David Courson and was meeting with him at the jail.
By: Andy Alcock January 22, 2014, 12 p.m.
Monticello, Fla. — Bond details have been released for David Courson, a father charged with Negligent Manslaughter in the death of his 6-year-old daughter.
The bond amount has been set at $350,000.
He is also to have no contact with minor children, no alcohol or drugs, and be administered breath tests 3 times per week.
His curfew has been set as 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and he is ordered not to go within 500 feet of premises where the alleged crime occurred.
He is currently waiting on his wife, who may be posting bond for him.
Monticello, Fla. — Her favorite color was purple and she loved princesses.
Six year old Becca Courson’s mother provided Eyewitness News with a picture of her daughter which reads “Happy New Year Rebecca”.
A first grader at Jefferson Elementary School in Monticello, grief counselors from Big Bend Hospice broke the news of Becca’s death to her classmates on Tuesday.
“It’s difficult for our students, it’s difficult for our teachers, it’s going to be very difficult for our community,” said Assistant Principal Nancy Whitty.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman, a 13 year old girl accidentally ran over Becca in a pick up truck at the Courson’s home in rural Jefferson County .
He says the girl intended to go forward, but put the truck in reverse.
The spokesman says Becca’s father, 38 year old David Russell Courson, was a passenger in the front seat and her 8 year old brother was in the back seat.
He says the girl was simply moving the pick up truck from one part of the property to the front of the Courson home when the accident happened.
The spokesman says Russell Courson, his 12 year old daughter who wasn’t in the truck and the 13 year old driver all had the smell of alcohol on their breath.
He also says no in the truck realized Becca had been hit until after they parked and left the truck.
Russell Courson is charged with negligent manslaughter in his daughter’s death.
“The loss of a child, you expect your children to outlive you and bury you, not you bury one of them,” said neighbor Warner Miller.
Miller says he knows the Coursons.
He also knows what it’s like to lose a child.
His nephew Tyler Biggins was one of three victims in a Tallahassee fatal crash nearly two years ago on St. Patrick’s Day, 2012.
Whitty says she knows all three Courson children well.
She taught Becca’s older sister in fourth grade.
Becca’s brother is currently in the second grade at Jefferson Elementary.
And Whitty says Becca was loved by faculty, staff and her classmates.
“She was just a sweet little beauty that always aimed to please,” said Whitty. “She just always wanted to please her teachers, the adults, her classmates, she was just a little angel, a little first grade angel,” she said.
Jefferson County Sheriff David Hobbs says Russell Courson is being held in an administrative cell at the Jefferson County Jail in Monticello where he can be watched around the clock.
Courson declined our request for an interview.
The FHP spokesman says the 13 year old driver could face a DUI manslaughter charge depending on the results of her blood test.
Becca’s aunt tells us it’s the family’s hope the girl, who’s a friend of the oldest Courson daughter, will not be charged.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News Web Staff
Monticello, Fla. — 38-year-old David Courson has been charged with Negligent Manslaughter in the death of his 6-year-old daughter.
Courson was a passenger in the vehicle driven by a 13-year-old girl that hit and killed his daughter.
Courson is being held in the Jefferson County Jail, and we will have much more on this story tonight in our newscast.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News Web Staff
Monticello, Fla. – A 6-year-old child is killed after being hit by a truck driven by a 13-year-old in Monticello, Fla.
Florida Highway Patrol says around 5:30 PM on Monday, the 13-year-old was driving on private property on St. Augustine Road. The 6-year-old child was behind the vehicle as it was backing up, and was run over.
The child was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and later pronounced dead.
FHP is still investigating, and WCTV will bring you the details as they are released