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Sentencing delayed in fatal wreck case
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Sentencing has been postponed for an Atlanta man found responsible for causing a fatal wreck last summer on Ga. 400.

Last month, Walter Bell was found guilty of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence.

He faces up to 31 years in prison for all counts.

During a hearing Wednesday, Bell’s attorney, Rafe Banks, requested more time from Forsyth County Superior Court Judge David L. Dickinson.

Banks cited the need to review the pre-sentencing investigation, of which he said “nobody called me to get my input.”

Banks said he wasn’t aware of the investigation and as such was in no position to refute any of its claims.

Forsyth County Assistant District Attorney Heather Chambers said the state had no input in the document either.

However, to be fair to the defense, Dickinson said he would allow more time.

“I want everyone to be able to participate in this process in a meaningful way,” he said.

The sentencing was rescheduled for 10 a.m. April 27.

The incident occurred on a Saturday morning in July 2011.

Traveling on Ga. 400, Bell reportedly weaved in and out of traffic, crossing in front of a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Jenny McMillan Gutierrez of Roswell.

Chambers contended Bell had then hit his brakes, causing Gutierrez to lose control of her car in an evasive maneuver, cross both lanes of traffic and land deep in the roadside woods.

Rather than stop, witnesses testified that Bell reportedly sped away and took Exit 14, heading east, toward where he worked.