The LaPorte woman
who police say was driving under the influence of a controlled substance
when she struck two pedestrians in a Valparaiso crosswalk in September 2015,
killing one of them, has been returned to jail after her bond was revoked.
Rachel A. Marvin,
24, was taken into custody on May 20, one day after Porter Superior Court
Judge Roger Bradford ordered her arrested on a bench warrant charging Marvin
with failure to comply with the conditions of her pre-trial release.
Bradford set those
conditions on Feb. 4, when he lowered Marvin’s bond from $100,000 cash to a
combined $20,000 surety and $1,000 cash. Among those conditions: that Marvin
undergo weekly drug testing; that she enroll in Porter Starke Service’s dual
diagnosis program and follow any and all recommended treatments with respect
to substance abuse and mental health; that she meet with a probation officer
on a weekly basis; and that she reside in a residential program.
according to a notice of violation dated May 20 and filed by the probation
officer assigned to her, was no longer residing in a residential program,
after being terminated from the Woman’s Recovery Home “for numerous
violations while there.”
officer did not say when exactly Marvin was terminated and did not make
public the nature of those violations.
Not quite two weeks
before Bradford was notified of Marvin’s termination from the Women’s
Recovery Home, Marvin’s attorney filed a motion for change of placement from
the Women’s Recovery Home to Alice’s House, on the ground that relocation to
the latter residential program would be in Marvin’s “best interests,”
although in what way it would be he did not specify. The special prosecuting
attorney appointed to the case, however, objected to a change of
placement--noting that Marvin was “currently on restriction” at the Women’s
Recovery Home--and Bradford subsequently denied that motion.
Sometime after that
Marvin’s status at the Women’s Recovery Home went from restricted to
Marvin has been
charged with ten felonies, the most serious a Level 4 felony punishable by a
term of two to 12 years: operating while intoxicated and being older than 21
with a controlled substance or its metabolite in the blood-causing death.
Valparaiso Police, on Sept. 25, 2014, Marvin struck two pedestrians in a
crosswalk at the intersection of Morgan Blvd. and Lincolnway: Lindy Wilson
of Liberty Township and Beverly Beschinski of Morgan Township, both former
employees of the Porter County Auditor’s Office. Wilson died later in the
day at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where she’d been airlifted.
Wilson was the
mother of Porter County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tammy Gregg, a fact
which later prompted Bradford to appoint a special prosecutor to the case,
Christine Haskell of Jasper County, and a special public defender, Nicholas
Otis of LaPorte.
Police said that
Marvin, after the accident, tested positive for opiates and cocaine in the
blood and urine, that she admitted having “done cocaine the night before,”
and that she “made other comments that she should not have been driving.”
Marvin’s vehicle, police said, were 0.2 grams of heroin, 0.3 grams of
cocaine, and a glass smoking device.