Case against man who struck down Dumas rescheduled

July 15, 2014


By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief. 

LUDINGTON — The man who is accused of running over Mason County Central Middle School teacher Scott Dumas in a grocery store parking lot appeared in court today, but his hearing has been adjourned until August.

Brian Keith Blackburn, 24, of 603 N. Delia St. was in 51st Circuit Court. Blackburn’s attorney, David Glancy, requested more time to consider a plea offer by the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office.

Assistant Prosecutor Glenn Jackson III said Blackburn has been offered a 36 month prison term.

Blackburn has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious injury, a 5-year-maximum felony; failure to stop at a scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment, a 5-year maximum felony; two counts of assault/resisting/obstructing a police officer, 2-year maximum felonies; possession of marijuana, 1 year maximum misdemeanor; operating a vehicle while intoxicated, second offense, 1 year maximum misdemeanor. He is being held at the Mason County Jail with a $50,000 bond.

Jackson said if the case ends up going to trial and Blackburn is found guilty, there is a chance the sentence could go beyond the guidelines based on the seriousness of the crime.

Kathy and Scott Dumas listen to the court proceedings.

Kathy and Scott Dumas listen to the court proceedings.

On April 16, Dumas, 50, of Amber Township was walking through the Shop-N-Save parking lot when he was hit by a car. Within the hour, police arrested Blackburn.

The matter has been adjourned until Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Scott Dumas and his wife, Kathy, appeared in court today.

“We are hoping that by him serving in prison that he will change how he is,” Scott said following the hearing. Both Scott and Kathy said they want to see Blackburn rehabilitated, however, justice still needs to be served.

Scott said he still struggles with balance issues, still has constant pain in his leg and has lost hearing in one ear and partial hearing in another.

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