Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) — A Cellular neurosurgeon who was in the beginning billed with manslaughter in a crash that killed a professional medical pupil very last August is now charged with murder.
Dr. Jonathan Nakhla has been out of jail on a $200,000 bond after prosecutors say he was drunk and driving at speeds above 130 miles per hour when he crashed his car on west I-65 Assistance Road shortly right after midnight on August 1. Samantha Thomas, a passenger in the car, was killed in the crash. Thomas was a 3rd-12 months medical student.
The circumstance was introduced to a grand jury. According to the Mobile County District Attorney’s Workplace, the grand jury chose to indict Nakhla for murder alternatively of manslaughter.
In accordance to the indictment, the grand jury located Nakhla “did recklessly interact in conduct which manifested excessive indifference to human everyday living and made a grave danger of dying to a person other than the claimed Jonathan Pishoi Nakhla.”
Murder is a course A felony punishable by up to life in jail.