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Bond revoked for suspected DUI driver in Briarcrest crash

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The man suspected of driving drunk and killing two Briarcrest Christian School students had his bond revoked.

The judge presiding over Melandus Penson's case called Penson a danger to society and said he does not think Penson would follow any rules given to him.

"It has been a repeated cycle with this defendant, and the only way the state feels it's appropriate is to hold him without bond," district attorney Ben Creekmore said.

The judge agreed saying if put on house arrest, Penson may violate house arrest and get behind a wheel. Keeping Penson behind bars was cited as the only way to ensure the public was safe.

Families of Maddie Kruse and Rachel Lynch were in court Wednesday as the judge issued his ruling.

Other Briarcrest families were also in attendance, pushing for DUI offenders to pay for their decisions.

There is now a push in Mississippi to stiffen penalties for DUI offenders and to build a statewide database to share DUI cases in real time with the National Crime Information Center.

"I'm very excited. We are working for change in Mississippi and hopefully in the country," one supporter said.

With Penson's bond revoked, he will remain in Marshall County jail awaiting trial. His lawyer said until trial, he will continue to investigate what happened on the morning of the crash.

"I don't think there is enough evidence in our mind as to what impaired means. However there is a test result that we need to examine very closely," Penson's lawyer said.

There's currently no specific date for Penson to return to court. Prosecutors say they hope to have the case in front of a grand jury in July.

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