Birdsong gets youthful offender status
Filmore had denied Birdsong’s youthful offender request in July 2022, but the Birdsong family appealed, and during a hearing on May 17, Filmore reversed that decision.
Birdsong is accused of causing a crash that killed Barbara Joyce Spears, 70, of Westville, Fla., and severely injured another in June 2021, a month after Birdsong’s high school graduation. The crash occurred in a construction zone on Highway 167, one mile south of the Hartford city limits.
In October 2021, a Geneva County Grand Jury indicted Birdsong, 18 at the time of the crash, on one count of reckless manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault
Adams said some of the victims’ families attended the recent status hearing and argued against the granting of youthful offender status.