A Pleasanton teenager who had previously been charged with vehicular manslaughter has been re-booked at the Santa Rita Jail for murder.
18-year old Cody Hall is currently being detained on a no-bail hold.
The incident took leading to his arrest, and rearrest took place on June 9. It was at that time that the defendant was driving along Foothill Road at speeds toppling 80 miles per hour. He then struck Joe and Diana Hervesoort, who had been cycling on that particular stretch of road.
Diana sustained mortal injuries and did not survive.
An arrest warrant was later issued, and Hall surrendered himself on July 26 and was initially charged with reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter. Bail had been set at $100,000 and the defendant had successfully posted bond.
The teen’s second court appearance took place earlier this week. People at the courthouse said he walked in looking very relaxed. He had a bottled drink with him and seemed to be in good spirits. Several friends came with him.
The group leaned against a wall outside of the courtroom waiting for the doors to open. When that happened, be began to tense up.
The judge reportedly ordered Hall be taken into custody immediately. He also told the jailer the defendant would not be permitted to bond out. This very common when a person has been charged with murder.
A defendant who is facing this type of serious charge is much more likely to flee. Assigning a no bail hold helps ensure the accused person will be brought to justice.
The defendant’s attorney could not be reached for immediate comment. It is believed that he will try to get the hold lifted the next time that Hall appears in court.
Diana Hervesvoort’s family members are pleased with the decision.
For now, Hall remains in custody at the Santa Rita Jail; his next court date has not been publicly announced.