JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - William Dale Bullock arrived in shackles at the Jackson County Courthouse Tuesday for his initial appearance on a fatal hit and run charge. Investigators say Bullock was driving the van that hit Thuan Ngyuen as she walked along Old Fort Bayou Road in St. Martin on January 13, 2007.
Investigators say the information about the vehicle finally linked Bullock to the crime. Monday, deputies arrested Bullock at his St. Martin home. When questioned about the crime, Sheriff Byrd said Bullock confessed.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Byrd told WLOX News the van Bullock drove the night of the accident has been found in Texarkana, Texas. Investigators used the vehicle's ID number to confirm the 1991 GMC van did belong to Bullock. Sheriff Byrd said his department is making arrangements to get the van back to Mississippi.
If convicted, Bullock faces up to five years in prison on the fatal hit and run charge. Bullock also faces unrelated drug charges. Curtis Spiers, the commander of the Jackson County Narcotics' Task Force, said authorities found nine marijuana plants in Bullock's backyard Monday night when he was arrested.
A judge set Bullock's bond at $50,000, and he was released from jail. No trial date has been set.