- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on the deadly Chattanooga school bus crash (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

A judge has sent a grand jury the case of 24-year-old driver in a school bus crash that killed six children.

Hamilton County General Sessions Judge Lila Statom found probable cause for formal charges Thursday after a hearing that lasted about an hour and a half for Johnthony Walker, who appeared in court in a red jail jumpsuit.

Police charged Walker on five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. A sixth vehicular homicide charge will be added for the child who died days later in the hospital.

Police said Walker was using a cellphone before the crash. His lawyer, Amanda Dunn, questioned Chattanooga traffic officer Joe Warren about that. The officer acknowledged that a camera inside the bus showed Walker using his phone while the bus was stopped, and that the phone then went out of view.

Dunn has said she expects Walker to plead not guilty if indicted. She told the judge there’s evidence yet to be submitted that suggests differing versions of what happened.

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9:30 a.m.

Police estimate the 24-year-old driver in a school bus crash that killed six children was driving about 20 mph above the 30 mph speed limit.

Officer Joe Warren of the Chattanooga Police Department’s traffic division revealed the estimation in Hamilton County court on Thursday. Warren also said Walker was using his cellphone, but did not specify at what point.

Walker was in Hamilton County court on five counts of vehicular homicide. He’s also charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment. Police say a sixth charge of vehicular homicide will be added.

Thursday’s hearing will determine whether Walker’s case will head to a grand jury.

Federal authorities say Walker left the designated bus route Nov. 21 when he wrecked on a curvy road while carrying 37 children.

Walker’s attorney, Amanda Dunn, has said she expects him to plead not guilty if he’s indicted.

Several family members of the deceased children were in the audience. Some were crying when Warren discussed the bus’s speed.

Police said two children remain in the hospital after the crash.

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3 a.m.

The 24-year-old driver in a school bus crash that killed six children last month in Tennessee is appearing in court.

Johnthony Walker’s preliminary hearing will take place Thursday morning in Hamilton County court. He’s charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. Police say a sixth charge of vehicular homicide will be added.

Thursday’s hearing will determine whether Walker’s case will head to a grand jury.

Federal authorities say Walker left the designated bus route Nov. 21 when he wrecked on a curvy road while carrying 37 children. Authorities suspect Walker was speeding.

Walker’s attorney, Amanda Dunn, has said she expects him to plead not guilty if he’s indicted.

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