A city prosecutor said Friday that the Rev. Robert Harris has been ordered to appear in court Dec. 15 to enter a plea to a charge of improper lookout following an auto-pedestrian accident. in which the car driven by the civil rights activist hit and killed an Ogden City employee.
Prosecutor Dan Garner said a summons to appear in court was mailed to Harris Friday afternoon. He said Harris is ordered to appear in 2nd Circuit Court, where formal charges will be read to him on the Class B misdemeanor count.If convicted, Harris could be sentenced to serve up to six months in the Weber County Jail or pay a fine of up to $1,000.
John Lewis Dunyon Jr., 42, Roy, was killed on Nov. 13, when the minister drove his car into his driveway, hitting the employee. Dunyon was crouched down reading Harris' water meter when he was hit and killed.
The case was turned over to the Weber County Attorney's Office. But Garner said that County Attorney Reed Richards decided not to charge Harris with a felony and the file was then turned over to him for review.
Police said that Harris was on his way home to get some money to pay an overdue water bill, when the accident occurred.
Harris was the first black person in Utah to be elected to the Utah State Legislature. He served one term in the 1970's. He ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Ogden City Council during last October's primary election.