Special prosecutor to be sought in suspected road rage case


by WHAS11


Posted on June 25, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 6:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Jefferson County commonwealth's attorney’s office will be selecting a special prosecutor for a suspected road rage case.

A special prosecutor will try this case now because 67-year-old Donald Hayes has operated a hot dog cart outside the judicial center for 23 years. Many people around the courthouse are very familiar with him.

The suspect was in court on Wednesday and taken into custody.   

The family of the man who was killed broke down in tears as Hayes walked into the courtroom.

It was the first time they had seen Hayes since 57-year-old Danny Wilson, was shot to death on Saturday, June 21. A judge released Hayes on a $10,000 bond the next day.

On Wednesday, the prosecution argued that the bond did not fit the severity of the crime.

The new judge is the case agreed. The judge set Hayes' new bond at $50,000.

WHAS11's Karma Dickerson has more, click on the video player above.

Late Wednesday afternoon the family of Donald Hayes released a statement. It in part reads: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic events of June 21 and will continue to pray for the Wilson family.  As always, Don has our unending love and unwavering support.”