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Seyer pleads not guilty in fatal hit-and-run

Alex James Seyer, 30, of Grants Pass, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court to charges of first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, failure to perform duties of a driver to injured persons and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Seyer is accused of hitting Terry Lee Bartley, 35, who had been standing in the parking lot outside of the McDonald’s in the 3600 block of Crater Lake Highway, Dec. 27, and driving away.

Seyer’s bail was set at $1 million. He had failed to appear in court for the hit-and-run charges as well as other charges stemming from a drugs and weapon case for which he was indicted in June 2021. He was assigned a bail of $50,000 for the earlier case, as well.

A pre-trial conference for both of Seyer’s cases has been scheduled for Jan. 31.