After boasting about speeding on Twitter, an 18-year-old who is accused of killing a bicyclist with his car had his vehicular manslaughter charge upgraded to murder. Cody Hall is now being held without bail after being charged with the murder of 58-year-old Diana Hersevoort.
Hall was going more than 80 mph in a 40 mph zone when he hit Hersevoort and her husband. Hersevoort's husband only broke an arm, but she was killed, Fox News reported.
Prosecutors were persuaded to upgrade Hall’s charge to murder after analyzing his driving record and Twitter posts.
According to Brian Welch, a supervisor of the homicide unit at the Santa Clara County district attorney's office, suspects are typically charged with murder when they are recklessly fleeing police or when they are drunk. He said it is unusual to have Twitter play a factor in murder charges.
"The challenge in these situations is proving that your defendant is the person who posted the statement," said Welch.