DEDHAM (CBS) – The family of Evan Bard, a Curry College cheerleader killed in a car crash, is looking for justice. Police say her friend, Sean Jackman, was drunk behind the wheel and now he’s charged in her death.
Jackman was in court Wednesday facing Bard’s friends and family.
Surrounded by his family and shielded by his father, Jackman walked out of court and headed home to live under house arrest after pleading not guilty.
“The courts just have to put an end to this nonsense,” said Bard’s great uncle Norm Minor.
Bard was a 20-year-old nursing student and was killed when Jackman’s car crashed in May. Friends and family came to see Jackman in court and to send a message.
“We want to tell the court we are following this thing with great interest and don’t want something swept under the rug,” said Minor.
Prosecutors say Jackman was under the influence when the two left a wedding. The car crashed into a tree in Canton and Bard was killed. Jackman suffered a head injury and was arraigned in his hospital bed. He’s facing motor vehicle homicide and manslaughter charges in her death.
Bard’s family says all they can do now is put their faith into the justice system. “Hopefully the court will send a message that this crap has to stop,” Minor said.
Suffolk County prosecutors are handling the case for the Norfolk D.A.’s office to avoid the appearance of a conflict given that Jackman once had a tie to that office. Jackman will be back in court October 21.