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Initial appearance for LeDoux moved to later this month

The initial court appearance for a man charged in connection with a January 4 fatal head-on collision that killed 22-year-old Laysa Grewell on Interstate 90 near Three Forks has been moved.

23-year-old Alexander Norbert LeDoux, who has been charged with Vehicular Homicide While Under the Influence, Fleeing from or Eluding a Peace Officer, and six counts of Criminal Endangerment, was originally scheduled to appear in Montana 18th Judicial Court District Court before Judge Andrew Breuner on March 28.

According to 18th District Court Judicial Assistant Mary Helen Satrom, Judge Peter Ohman assumed jurisdiction of the case on March 26, and therefore, no hearing was held on the originally scheduled date.

Satrom said Ledoux’s initial appearance is now scheduled for Tuesday, April 16.

“The judge intends to call this matter promptly at 8:30 a.m.,” Satrom said.

According to a report from KBZK in Bozeman, during a March 26 status hearing, Ledoux’s defense team informed the court their client is out of state and requested he be able to appear by video so he can go to a different facility for psychological and chemical dependency. The report goes on to state that LeDoux has not been arrested since being charged and Judge Breuner denied the request for the video appearance.

“But, before that could happen, LeDoux’s defense team filed a motion to substitute Judge Breuner,” states the KBZK article.

LeDoux allegedly drove his vehicle in the wrong direction on the Interstate for approximately 20 miles. According to court documents, following a blood test taken over 70 minutes after the fatal head-on collision, the toxicology report indicated LeDoux had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .198, well over twice the legal limit of .08.

Court documents also reveal that LeDoux drove 108 mph near Manhattan for most of the unsent 2-minute Snapchat video on his phone.

The documents show that Grewell, who was ejected from the vehicle, was the mother of one child and found out one week before the crash that she was expecting a second child.

On the Facebook page, “Justice for Laysa,” Grewell’s partner, Kody Pullen, expressed frustration with the delay and said he is committed to ensuring LeDoux faces accountability and feels remorse.