Retired astronaut charged with murder in crash that killed 2 girls, June 2016, UFO Sighting News.

Date of article: June 6, 2016
News source: CNN
Source URL: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/07/us/former-astronaut-arrest-crash/index.html

This is some terrible news, but I thought you would want to hear about it. This astronaut was charged with murder of two children today and must come as a big blow to NASA. Very sad situation all around. 
Scott C. Waring

CNN States:
(CNN) A retired NASA astronaut has been charged with murder following an auto collision in Alabama that resulted in the death of two girls. James Donald Halsell Jr., 59, was arrested and charged Monday with two counts of murder in a possible DUI accident that killed Naiomi Deona James, 11, and Jayla Latrice Parler, 13, in the wreck near Tuscaloosa. The girls were half-sisters, according to the AL.com news website. Halsell's vehicle hit a Ford Fiesta from behind at an extremely high rate of speed, crushing and pushing the Fiesta sideways across the highway and into a median early Monday, according to court documents. The Fiesta flipped at least twice and landed in the lane of opposing traffic, the documents said. James was pronounced dead at the scene, and Parler was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, where she was pronounced dead. Halsell served on five space shuttle missions for NASA before retiring in 2006. Halsell served on five space shuttle missions for NASA before retiring in 2006. The girls were not wearing seat belts and were ejected, Alabama Senior Trooper Reginal King said. Pernell Deon James, 37, and another passenger, Shontel Latriva Cutts, 25, were taken to the hospital and treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening, King said. James is the girls' father, AL.com reported. Halsell had been traveling to West Monroe, Louisiana, and stopped before the crash to get a room at a Motel 6 in Tuscaloosa, according to the court documents. While at the motel, he allegedly told police, he drank three glasses of wine. Halsell, whom police detained at the crash scene, said he didn't remember leaving the motel or how the crash happened, according to the court documents. 

He allegedly tried to take the vehicle of a motorist who had stopped to assist the victims, police say in the documents. Police did not find any evidence of drugs or alcohol at the crash scene, but while searching Halsell's hotel room they found an empty bottle of wine and 10 empty sleeping pill packages, the court documents said. Halsell was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail and was released later after posting a $150,000 bond, Sgt. Alex Miles of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office said. Halsell logged more than 1,250 hours in space throughout five space shuttle missions for NASA, according to biographical data from the space agency. He commanded three of those missions before retiring in 2006. He led the space shuttle's return-to-flight planning team after the Columbia disaster in 2003. CNN's attempts to reach Halsell and his family have been unsuccessful. 

NASA declined to comment about the arrest. Under the Alabama criminal code, a person can be charged with murder if he or she, "under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life ... recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to a person other than himself or herself, and thereby causes the death of another person."


  1. Yeah, poor NASA, they must be absolutely devastated.

    1. YES the legal lawsuits from the kids families, that could amount to millions of $'s just may devestate NASA to a small degree, however as far as another astronaut to train for space not really imo, UC NASA has a shitload battalion full of former military pilot flight specialists who would love to take the job that NASA can choose from & train for space flight, but hell the shocker is that he tried to take a vehical from a motorist who stoped to help does not look to good in court for him either, & thats really sad for him after the traject fact im sorry to say...

      A bottle of booze & sleepin pills should have knocked his ass out to a deep sleep state in his home for a while shouldn't it?????...

      My condolences to those children too.

  2. First of all my deepest heart felt condolences to parents/ family members on these two young little girls' demise. Heart breaking story .wish lots of strength to endure such pain. It's shocking to know such person is culpable of ending these two little girls lives even if was an accident still goes to show this person is not immune to screwing up .it certainly sux to hear such bad news on such a dedicated NASA person.. Bad news all around..ofcourse no matter what,,,, kids' loss of life is the worst news on this matter.

  3. Kids should have been buckled for sure, it may not have saved there life though. But something doesnt feel right about this story. Is it a setup with using memory erasing technology?

    1. Seat belts wouldnt have helped in this case imo when D Halsells jr very high speeding ground vehical rear ending hit the kids vehical in hi rollin volicity to which inturn resulted in the children inside the vehical to tumble over & over etc, just totalling there vehical in the process, & im REALLY SURPRISED & SHOCKED that this man a EDUCATED & TRAINED ASTRONAUT of all people tried to TAKE a motorist vehical who stopped to try & help, i mean senseless & PUZZLING it seems to me now.

  4. I'm all for theories on this site. That's what I love about UFO sighting daily. The fact remains lives were lost. A bit of compassion for that alone should be granted. I believe


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