Woman charged in Keene fatality denied reduced bail
KEENE — There was no bail reduction in district court Thursday morning for the woman accused of being behind the wheel in Saturday's fatal hit-and-run crash.
Tracy Burroughs, 41, of Keene appeared in the 8th Circuit Court District Division Thursday morning in a county jail orange jumpsuit and restraints. She waived her probable cause hearing, and her attorneys asked for a reduction of the $25,000 cash bail, which the lack of has held her in the Cheshire County House of Corrections since her arrest.
Burroughs is charged with conduct after an accident — leaving the scene of a fatal accident — and negligent homicide. The charges allege she was the driver of a vehicle that struck Keon E. Ioannou, 48, of 878 Marlboro Road around 1:50 a.m. Saturday on Route 101. She was arrested at 6:30 a.m. at Ioannou's home, which he had shared with Burroughs, her two children and her mother.
He was the chef and owner of Tony Clamato's Ristorante on Court Street and was known to friends as an avid cyclist who would often ride home after the restaurant closed.
After the probable cause hearing was waived, Burroughs attorneys asked that Burroughs bail be reduced to $1,000 cash bail. She would agree to not drive, consume no alcohol and to house arrest, her attorney said.
The attorney said Burroughs has strong ties to the community, two children, her parents and a cousin.
Judge Edward Burke asked where she would live if she was released on bail. The defense attorney said a relative would possibly take her in. Another attorney mentioned she could not live with her mother since she continues to live in Ioannou's Marlboro Road home.
Assistant Cheshire County Attorney Keith Clouatre argued against reducing her bail, saying her alleged conduct after the accident indicates she is a danger to the community.
"The charge here, judge, is the conduct after, the sheer abhorrence of the damage done. The person was left to die by the side of the road," Clouatre said.
Clouatre said Burroughs' history with the district court in recent years include a probation violation and a contempt of court charge and shows "her inability to follow conditions to put into place."
Burke said he would take the reduction request under advisement and that perhaps a bail hearing court be held soon in Cheshire County Superior Court. He added because she waived the probable cause hearing the case is to be bound over to the Superior Court.
"I don't have any jurisdiction of this case once it is bound over," he said. "From a court standpoint, the case is gone."
Burroughs' family members, who have declined to comment, attended the hearing, as did friends of Ioannou.
Ioannou came from a private, traditional Greek family, and the court hearing was too much for them to attend, said Peter Clark of Keene.
"They are destroyed," Clark said of Ioannou's family.
Clark said he was Ioannou's best friend, and a large community of his friends has been affected by his death.
"We don't want to let him go," he said.
To carry on the generous nature of Ioannou, the group of friends has started the Keon Ioannou Memorial Trust Fund at Citizen's Bank in Keene.
Donations to the fund will first go to cover Ioannou's funeral expenses, he said.
Clark said there are several ideas of what the fund would be used for next, including a dog adoption program and possibly cooking school scholarships for Keene High School students.
"We're going to do good things in Keon's name, as much as we can. For such a sweet, sweet guy to go in such a horrific way," Clark said. "Try to find a picture of Keon where he's not smiling. He was so generous, he did everything for everyone."