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Trial date set for Merrill woman accused of drunk driving deaths


MERRILL, WI (WSAU) -  The Merrill woman accused of driving drunk and crashing, causing two of her friends to die will have her trial in December. 25-year-old Ashley Baumann is accused of crashing June 7th of 2012 at a speed in excess of 90 miles per hour on Merrill’s west side. 31-year-old Misty Glisch and 33-year-old Jessica Hartwig, and Baumann, were ejected from the vehicle. Glisch and Hartwig died from their injuries.

The trial has been set for six days, starting Friday, December 13th and continuing December 16th through the 20th. There will be a pretrial conference in July.

Baumann faces a total of nine felony charges including two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, two counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, and two counts of homicide by operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration. She is also charged with causing great bodily harm and reckless driving.

Baumann is currently free on a $5,000 bond, where $500 is in cash the rest is on a signature bond. She cannot have alcohol or enter a bar while on bond, and she cannot have contact with the victim’s families or the other survivor of the crash, Jerrica Woller. Edward and Jean Glisch are the parents of victim Misty Glisch. They have filed a separate wrongful death lawsuit against Baumann and her insurance company, American Family Mutual Insurance, seeking monetary damages.