Cory Gilbert

Cory Gilbert at his initial appearance in January.

Bond was denied as charges were upgraded for the driver who is accused of killing a local teacher's unborn child in a head-on collision as she was returning from her baby shower back in January.

James Cory Gilbert, 33, is now charged with homicide-killing of an unborn child while committing another crime and aggravated DUI. He made his initial appearance on the new charges in Jones County Justice Court on Thursday.

Gilbert’s blood-alcohol level was .104 (the legal limit is .08) at the time of his arrest, hours after the crash, according to the affidavit read by Judge Billie Graham. The results of an accident reconstructionist also showed that Gilbert was in the wrong lane at the time of impact, according to the affidavit.

Graham denied bond and ordered Gilbert to remain in the Jones County Adult Detention Center until his case goes to court.

Gilbert had been out of jail on $100,000 bond after being charged with leaving the scene of an accident that caused death or injuries. 

The charges stem from a crash in early January, when Gilbert's 2005 Nissan Titan struck a Honda Accord that was being driven by 24-year-old Mashayla Harper on Welch Road, near Soso. Harper, who is a fourth-grade math teacher at South Jones Elementary, was just returning from a baby shower at The Gables. Gilbert fled the scene and was arrested later that same night.

 Test results for drugs in Gilbert’s system have not been completed at the crime lab, Investigator J.D. Carter of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department said, but the charges will remain the same if those tests are positive or negative.

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