Chris Soules Reportedly Pleads Not Guilty To The Felony Charge Against Him

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In April, former Bachelor star Chris Soules was arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal car accident that resulted in the death of a 66-year-old man named Kenneth Mosher. There have been several significant developments in the impending court case this week: On May 15, Soules' lawyers' motion to have the charges dismissed was denied by a judge, and on Tuesday, May 16, Soules entered a not-guilty plea to the felony charge of an alleged hit and run.

According to ABC News, the reality star filed the plea through his legal team and waived his right to be arraigned in an open court. As Entertainment Tonight reports, a judge will have to accept Soules written arraignment before his scheduled court arraignment is canceled. It is currently scheduled for May 23. According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly, Soules and his lawyers reportedly requested a speedy trial.

Police reports from the accident, as well as the released tapes of Soules' call to 911, reveal that the 35-year-old's car hit the rear end of a tractor and both vehicles ended up in a ditch. Soules told the dispatcher that he was involved in an accident and that the other man was hurt. The dispatcher asked if the man was breathing and if Soules knew how to perform CPR, to which he responded "No, I don't". It is being alleged by prosecutors that Soules left the scene before law-enforcement arrived; his lawyers claim he remained on the scene.

Soules' lawyers' motion to have the charge dismissed was based on the claim that he called 911 and waited for first-responders to arrive before leaving the scene. Since this motion was denied, the case will proceed. According to Iowa Local News KCRG, the judge did grant the defense's request to preserve all evidence in the criminal case against Soules.

Soules' lawyers previously released the following statement to Just Jared:

On May 3, Soules' rep released the following statement to Bustle: