Pardoned man pleads not guilty in DUI-death case

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

PONTOTOC – Harry Bostick of Oxford pleaded not guilty Thursday to Pontotoc County charges related to the 2011 highway death of 18-year-old Charity Smith of Okolona.
Bostick gained public attention in early January when departing Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned him, along with about 200 others.
The pardon nullifed a DUI-3rd charge for which Bostick could have gone to prison.
Bostick, 55, appeared in circuit court with his attorney, Tony Farese of Ashland. He is free on $50,000 bond.
As a condition of his bond, Circuit Judge “Jim” Seth Pounds ordered him to have a valid driver’s license with him whenever he drives.
Assistant District Attorney Josh Wise represented the state in the hearing.
The July circuit court term is the next to try cases, but Farese said he’s asking the state for additional material called “discovery,” which could mean a later date in court for his client.
A Pontotoc County grand jury indicted Bostick May 10 on three charges – driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI-death.
The indictment claims that on Oct. 7, 2011, Bostick drove a motor vehicle while intoxicated and caused the death of Smith as she drove her vehicle on U.S. Highway 278. Smith was killed when Bostick’s vehicle collided with hers.
Her sister was seriously injured in the accident.
Earlier reports credited to on-scene investigators stated Smith’s vehicle pulled out in front of Bostick’s.
When Barbour pardoned Bostick, the former IRS agent was in jail under arrest for violating his probation because of the accident in which Smith died.
Barbour spokesmen said they didn’t know anything about the fatal accident when they considered his pardon.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com